Forest High Life
NATURE & WILDLIFE
‘Silverback’ is an epic observational documentary following the award-winning cinematographer Vianet Djenguet as he fulfils his lifelong dream to embed himself within a gorilla habituation.
1 x 90'
otf studios / BBC / France Televsion / Xumo / Featuristic Films
Winner – Grand Teton Award – Jackson Wild Media Awards 2023
Winner – People & Nature, Long Form – Jackson Wild Media Awards 2023
Winner – On Screen Personality - Vianet Djenguet – Jackson Wild Media Awards 2023
Episode Information'Silverback' is an epic observational documentary following the award- winning wildlife cinematographer Vianet Djenguet as he joins the effort to protect the critically endangered eastern lowland gorillas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Born in neighbouring Republic of the Congo, and with a specialist interest in filming gorillas, Vianet was the perfect choice to be invited to the Kahuzi-Biega national park to document the work being carried out there to habituate some of the region’s endemic sub-species. Habituation is the process of gradually familiarizing wild gorillas to human presence so that conservationists can carry out vital work to help raise the animals’ population back up to safe and acceptable levels. However with the DRC still suffering from the impacts of war, will this extremely personal journey for Vianet help in the effort to save the largest gorilla sub-species from extinction.