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A cross-continental love for wildlife and cinema brings Mordecai Panmei (director of The Rainforest Club in Tamenglong) and Moses Arineitwe (‘The Pangolin Man’ of Uganda) together. Their work, uncannily similar, draws from a deep knowledge base of indigenous culture, in order to find solutions to widespread hunting and poaching practices, both in the North East of India, as well as in Uganda. 

In this conversation, filmmakers Ellie Stones and Doel Trivedy join conservationists Moses Arineitwe and Mordecai Panmei to explore the role of documentary cinema and student filmmaking in conservation, answering questions like: How do films move people? Why is getting trained in filmmaking important, when trying to find your own voice? How can film impact wildlife? 

Ellie Stones is an award-winning conservation photojournalist and filmmaker from the UK. In 2020 she graduated with a degree in Natural History Photography and Film. Her work explores the human and animal relationship, with an investigative focus on global environmental issues.

Moses Arineitwe is a wildlife and nature conservationist. Born in the Rugando village of Uganda, he formerly worked as a ranger guide at the Uganda Wildlife Authority, located in the Bwindi Mgahinga conservation area. Currently, he works with the Kigezi Nr Conservation and Development Organisation, a community based organisation, rescuing pangolins and other wildlife, reforming poachers and creating sustainable alternatives to poaching.

Mordecai Panmei, naturalist, conservationist, filmmaker and lover of wildlife - heads The Rainforest Club in Tamenglong, an organisation committed to not only saving wildlife, but also improving their quality of life. 

Doel Trivedy, a writer and filmmaker, has been producing and directing documentaries for nearly 2 decades. She tells impactful stories and has filmed in extreme conditions to document wildlife in its natural habitat and tell stories of environmental concern. Using emerging technology, Doel finds new ways to tell current stories, hoping to engage fresh audiences. Her films have received international and national recognition. ‘Gyamo - Queen of the Mountains’, which she co-directed, has won awards at the Banff Mountain Festival, as well as the Jackson Wild Big Cats Festival. Currently, she is working on a 26 part environmental TV series called ‘Earth Matters’, expected to air in 2022.