takayna / Tarkine in northwestern Tasmania is home to one of the last undisturbed tracts of Gondwanan rainforest in the world, and one of the highest concentrations of Aboriginal archaeology in the hemisphere. Yet this place, which remains largely as it was when dinosaurs roamed the planet, is currently at the mercy of destructive extraction industries, including logging and mining.

Weaving together the conflicting narratives of activists, locals and Aboriginal communities, and told through the experiences of a trail running doctor and a relentless environmentalist, this documentary, presented by Patagonia Films, unpacks the complexities of modern conservation and challenges us to consider the importance of our last truly wild places

Winner Films for the Earth Festival 2019

"Takayna" is a film with strong content, which shows the beauty of untouched nature as well as its endangerment by the influence of man. It reveals little that is surprising, but skilfully treats a relevant topic.

The film is well constructed. The journalistic achievement is thoroughly satisfactory, both in terms of the depth of research and the work with empirical examples. "Takayna" is a touching film that not only inspires action, but also shows possible courses of action.

The making of the film is of high quality, the pictures and the statements fit together and the music is well chosen.

"Takayna" was chosen for the official program of the Film for the Earth Festival 2019.

Director(s): Alex Lowther
Production: Patagonia, Emily Grant, Josh Nielson, Justin Roth
Actors: Nicole Anderson, Bob Brown, Sharnie Read, Buck Brown, Kim Booth, Jenny Weber, Greg Irons, Kim Gale, Michael Booth, Lisa Searle, Clyde Mansell, Hanny Allston, Peter Godfrey
Year: 2018
Duration: 37 min
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): English
Language (subtitles): Japanese, German, French, English, Chinese, Spanish, Korean
Country of origin: Australia
Shooting Locations: Australia
Screening rights: Patagonia ()

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Main topic(s): Natural Resources & Mining
Secondary topics: biodiversity population courage politics forest wilderness activism
Mentions: rainforest Aborigines logging mining conservation Patagonia Tasmania
Topic Page(s): Natural Resources & Mining Frontpage Cover Slider


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