A selection of productions screened at the UK-based Wildscreen Festival and Panda Awards, known as the Oscars of the natural history and wildlife film industry, will be shown at the National Taiwan Museum in Taipei from Jan. 25 to Feb. 8.
The three productions selected for this year are: "Wild Hungary,” "The Green Universe,” and "South Pacific: Fragile Paradise.” The documentaries have been dubbed in Chinese and each screening will be followed by a discussion panel led by a local wildlife expert.
"Wild Hungary,” a 2012 finalist in the Films at 59 Sound Award category, stars a white-tailed eagle family, a young otter, an enormous catfish, a fisherman, and a herdsman who all call the wetlands of Hungary home. Besides revealing stories on how Hungary's wetland inhabitants deal with the alternating floods and droughts, the documentary also presents never-seen-before behavior such as dancing deer and the spectacular run of the huge asp fish.
"The Green Universe (Unser Wald - Das Grune Wunder),” 2012 winner of the Editing Award category, spotlights how the cycle of life balances itself against the wrath of the elements with small miracles. The beauty and enchantment of the German forests however, shroud the never-ending fight for survival that takes place on so many levels in the depth of greens.
"South Pacific: Fragile Paradise,” which was the Judges' Special Selection for Screening in 2010, is the final episode of a BBC natural documentary series narrated by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Highlighting the environmental problems that threaten the deluge of the South Pacific, the series concludes that human activity can help to reverse some of the damages if people unite on the environmental front.