Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival 2020

Program 09 - AFRICAN LENS

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Hundreds of cheetah cubs are being stolen from the wild, decimating the wild population in Africa, to be smuggled illegally into the Middle East and sold as pets. This short looks at the illegal wildlife pet trade and the role social media plays in the trade of exotic animals online.

Director's Statement:

This film came about through 3 years of researching what the Cheetah Conservation Fund and other NGO's were doing in the way of conservation. During this time, we realised that there was a big focus on the illegal trade of dead animal parts, but no one was telling the story of the illegal trade in live animals, especially those destined for the pet trade. The role of social media in the trade, the parading and trading of exotic pets, and what it's doing to the natural population, is something everyone needs to know more about.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    5 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Namibia, South Africa, United Kingdom
  • Premiere
    June 10, 2019
  • Note
    Director Biography - Andrea Walji, Jack Wylson: Andrea moved from Vancouver to London in 2000 to pursue a career in photography and fell into production instead. She transitioned from commercial production into conservation, wildlife, environmental and sustainability film making in 2018.
  • Director
    Andrea Walji, Jack Wylson
  • Screenwriter
    Andrea Walji
  • Producer
    Andrea Walji, Triangle Monday
  • Production Design
    The Big Sky, FreeFolk
  • Music