Water is life. Everything is connected. Termites and other insects. Lungfish and other fish. Chameleons and other reptiles. Falcons and other birds. Lilies and other flowers. Elephants and other beasts. Nature photographers and all of us who get to watch the intimate and expansive showcase of all this life.
The film “The Elephant & the Termite” brackets all this life upon life upon life story in the highest quality way. In the way it captures the structure of a termite mound or watches a beetle roll a ball of dung. In the way a lungfish or a chameleon secures a place underground to wait out a coming dry season. In the way millions of quelea (most numerous bird in Africa) contrast with a single falcon. In the way flowers punctuate desert grassland. In the way massive elephants unintentionally administer a web of life.
“The Elephant & the Termite” captivates visually and narratively.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival” flows rich with many flavors of issue films. One heartening version is the nature film. There’s no doom and gloom to withstand, no power and greed that needs foiling. There’s no hope and constructive activism to join, no human centric cavalcade to digest.
There is nature.
This issueless issue film, “The Elephant & the Termite,” accomplishes two things. First: all life is interwoven, interdependent. Regard that such vital complexity thrives. Second: one of the transcendent artifacts of human being is that, whatever all human beings are, we create films like this to watch, enjoy, and learn.