2023 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase

Aguilucho: Dance of the Harpy Eagle

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Skyship Films, Be Electric Productions

In the remote Darién Gap rainforest, indigenous communities face the advance of loggers and cattle ranchers, an existential threat to their way of life and the ecosystem upon which they rely. When a rare Harpy Eagle nest is discovered near the Emberá tribe of Playa Muerto, the tribe finds an unlikely ally. By protecting their lands and the Eagle's habitat, they can benefit from the ecotourism she attracts, while re-discovering a piece of their own heritage: a traditional dance inspired by the Harpy.

Aguilucho: Dance of the Harpy Eagle is an exploration of a renewed relationship between the tribe and the great raptor through the conservation efforts of the Peregrine Fund. From the development of collaborative science and monitoring practices to the revival of an ancient Eagle Dance, it shows an inspiring model for conserving both a culture and a rainforest. The film was made in partnership with the Emberá of Playa Muerto and The Peregrine Fund, who work tirelessly in Panamá and around the world alongside various indigenous peoples to help save birds of prey from extinction.

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    21 minutes
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    Panama, Embera