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SPOTLIGHT DOCUMENTARY

INTO THE OKAVANGO

Directed by Neil Gelinas
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 94 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE INTO THE OKAVANGO
As the Earth’s truly pristine expanses disappear more and more each day, the Okavango Delta remains an Edenic oasis with an abundance of animal species roaming its air, water, and land. But despite the spectacular sights of African elephants splashing in the river, rarely seen birds soaring above, and wildebeest migrating across its grassy expanses, the Okavango river basin—which provides water to more than one million people—is under dire threat.

Enter Dr. Steve Boyes and a team of international scientists, photographers, filmmakers, and African guides, who have made it their mission to track the cause—or causes—of the threats to the Okavango Delta’s source waters and to determine how they can protect the river basin before it gets any worse. In an epic four-month journey down the Okavango Delta’s source rivers—beginning in Angola, venturing into Namibia, and, finally, emptying into the Delta in Botswana—the team faces a series of unforeseen trials—including a terrifying run-in with a territorial hippopotamus. Director Neil Gelinas uses his extensive background working with National Geographic and filming in the wild to bring audiences a stunningly photographed tale of passion and conservation.

—Liza Domnitz
Documentary, First Time Filmmaker
About the Director(s)
Neil Gelinas is an executive producer, director, cameraman, and editor for the National Geographic Society, with which he's created multiple specials for National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild. Into the Okavango is Neil’s first feature-length documentary.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight Documentary
  • Year:
    2018
  • Length:
    94 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Neil Gelinas
  • Producer:
    Neil Gelinas
  • Screenwriter:
    Neil Gelinas, Brian Newell
  • Cinematographer:
    Neil Gelinas, Jon Betz, Roger Horrocks
  • Editor:
    Neil Gelinas, Brian Newell
  • Composer:
    Sven Faulconer
  • Executive Producer:
    Clara Wu
  • Associate Producer:
    Mia Maestro
  • Co-Producer:
    Kaya Ensor
  • US Distributor:
    National Geographic
  • Cast:
    Adjany Costa, Steve Boyes, Water Setlabosha

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