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Rebirth

An environmental awakening.

 
 

The most pressing problems facing humanity in the 21st century are rapid environmental change and economic inequality. There are multiple government, industrial and charitable efforts to address these issues, all with different levels of effectiveness and sincerity.

Rebirth is a triptych of stories of humanitarian help that results in an environmental awakening in a community. Each story features an effort in a specific part of the world where a small economic and humanitarian improvement results in a renewed interest in protection of natural habitat.

 
 

First act takes place in Mozambique,

Africa's longest and most bio-diverse coastlines, with an abundance of marine megafauna species like whale sharks, manta rays, marine turtles and cetaceans. Over 45% of people living in the Inhambane Province make their living in, on or around the ocean and are dependent on diminishing coastal resources. Incredibly the majority of coastal inhabitants are unable to swim, with up to 4 drowning fatalities per day on Tofo Beach alone during summer. As a result many Mozambicans are afraid of the ocean, unaware of its true value, unique biodiversity or the critical threats it faces from human influences.

 
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Nemos Pequenens is a small swimming school for children which not only equips the youth with life saving swimming skills that allow them to safely fish and provide for their families but also redefines the student's relationship with the ocean and wildlife. With the new respect and love they become guardians and protectors of the waters.

We plan to tell this story from the voice of a child who's life has been touched by tragedy but changed through the swimming school program. A radically redefined perspective told in intimate and personal account.

We're in the final stages of planning for this production with the target window of principal photography slated for December 2019.

The remaining two stories are yet to be fully identified in The Amazon Forest and Canadian Northern Territories with the help of our collaborators at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle and others.

 
 

Collaborators

 
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Gabriel Bienczycki

Gabriel Bienczycki's 15 years of experience in documenting humanitarian efforts in Africa, India and Asia as well as his accomplished career as a feature and documentary filmmaker will allow for a poetic and cinematic approach that will reach past the standard documentary coverage.

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Janneman Conradie

Janneman is a World renown underwater and aerial filmmaker. Having grown up in the Cape region of South Africa, Janneman had been free-diving his entire life, a hobby that quickly developed into a passion for SCUBA diving. He has assisted with expeditions for BBC, National Geographic, PBS, and the like.

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Dr. Andrea Marshall

Dr. Marshall was the first person in the world to complete a PhD on manta rays. After her thesis, she stayed in Mozambique to spearhead the conservation of manta rays in the region and around the world. Andrea was featured in the BBC Natural World documentary ‘Andrea: Queen of Mantas’ as well as the broadcaster’s award-winning trilogy ‘Sharks.’ In 2013, she was inducted into the ranks of National Geographic’s Explorers as an Emerging Explorer in recognition of her efforts to protect these threatened rays.

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Marine Megafauna Foundation

The Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) was created in 2009 to research, protect and conserve threatened marine megafauna.

MMF works with sponsors, international scientific collaborators, the marine tourism industry, conservation organizations and government bodies to identify and solve the problems that threaten marine megafauna worldwide.

All photos copyright © Gabriel Bienczycki