Tribeca 2018 Review: “Into the Okavango” (2017) ★★★★

© Neil Gelinas, National Geographic Executive Producer, Copyright (c) 2017 National Geographic Society

How much do we know about our planet? What do we do to increase its livelihood, make it a better and healthier place to live? Think about all the body parts we have for our bodies to function normally. Yes, each of us has a heart, and if it stops beating, the life will stop as well. What about the amount of blood that runs through our veins? Or water that our body needs? I believe by now you already know where all of this analysis comes from. And you already know water is as crucial for the life of our planet as it is for our bodies. We drink water on daily basis to prevent our bodies from dehydration.  But why are we so neglectful to remember that the same refers to our planet – it needs water as much as the bodies of each of us.

“Into the Okavango” follows a mind-blowing expedition to Botswana’s Okavango Delta through Namibia and Angola. As we learn from the narration, Okavango is the planet’s last remaining true wilderness. It also has the largest population of elephants and the driest desert Kalahari. At the same time, the Delta is getting shrunk day by day. During the expedition, we learn about the impact of humans on this wilderness, and the negative contribution we have that can turn what is remaining on that land into nothingness some day.

The film follows Steve Boye – an onthologist, Ph.D., researcher Chris Boyes, and the biologist Adjani from Angola – a man known as “Water” who joins to a life-changing expedition to save the Okavango Delta. “Sometimes it’s not what you have in your bank account that matters, but what you do,” says Adjani. These words appear as a very important manifesto for each of us to remember as we embark into this amazing journey, which helps us to understand the importance of our actions and its consequences that might lead the planet to destruction if not during our lifetime, then for sure in the lifetime of the future generation. Today, we take away their chance to admire the beauty of nature.

In conclusion, this film brings together beautiful cinematography and splendid sceneries of Okavango Delta, revealing to us corners of our world we have not known yet. It is also an important piece which gives us a chance to get the bigger picture around one particular subject – water. It is not only of vital importance for us but also for Okavango Delta to survive. In order for that happen, teamwork is needed that will be required on many levels. From what we learn from this film, the process has started but won’t bring many results if we do not stop killing the different species inhabiting our planet. For instance, if we do not prevent the killing of elephants. When it comes to these beautiful creatures, it seems that the careless rich people have the wrong belief that they own this planet and the species living on it. But they don’t. And will never do. Thus, it is everyone’s job to keep them safe.



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