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Heminway to screen "Battle for Elephants" April 21 at MSU

April 4, 2013


Bozeman-based filmmaker John Heminway will screen his National Geographic special "Battle for the Elephants" at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at MSU's Procrastinator Theater.   High-Res Available

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Acclaimed filmmaker John Heminway will screen his National Geographic special "Battle for the Elephants" at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Montana State University's Procrastinator Theater.

The presentation is free and open to the public. The Procrastinator Theater is located in the MSU Strand Union Building.

Heminway, who lives in Bozeman, is writer, producer and director of the film about the elephant species' battle for existence in the face of powerful market forces for ivory. The film goes undercover to expose criminal operatives behind ivory's supply - in Africa - and demand - in China.  The film shows the elephants' highly evolved society, with keen intelligence, protean memory, skill at communicating long distance, and capacity for love and the species threatened survival in view of the voluminous buying power of middle class Chinese.

 "If the current situation remains the status quo, we are facing the very real possibility that elephants living in the wild will go extinct in the coming decades," Heminway said. "In Africa, wildlife conservationists, particularly in Kenya, are risking their lives to protect these animals, but they are losing the fight. The market for smuggled ivory is too lucrative for poachers to resist, and our research suggests demand for ivory in China is only going to rise."

Heminway will answer questions following the film. There will be an informal reception with light refreshments following the show in the Leigh Lounge at 8:30 p.m.

The screening is sponsored by the MSU School of Film and Photography.

 

Robert Arnold (406) 994-7588, rfarnold@montana.edu