|Talking With Down-to-Earth Born to Be Wild|
Director David Lickley
Born to Be Wild focuses on two extraordinary women who save orphaned baby animals: Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas in central Borneo (orangutans) and Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick in Kenya (elephants). Both women have devoted their lives to rescue and protect these wild animals--and then return them to the wild when they are ready. This was no boring nature film or documentary! I found it both fascinating and entertaining, filled throughout with humour, tender hearted emotion and served with a strong shot of humanity.
It was a rare treat to meet Director David Lickley after the movie and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation. Although I thought that the biologist side of him showed through during the film, more than anything his humanity shined through. The message that I took away from him was how we can work in harmony with the animal kingdom and nurture it, instead of doing it harm.
I enjoyed an anecdote that David shared during our meeting. It was along the lines of "elephants never forget". He mentioned that an elephant that had been raised by Daphne 25 years earlier, returned with a sick calf--remembering to go to is former human caregivers in a time of need. The calf was dehydrated, so it was nurtured back to health by Daphne's staff and given antibiotics. Once well, the elephant and calf returned back into the wilderness.
He also discussed how Born to Be Wild had been shot by airplane, helicopter, boat and crane. Yes, to achieve some of his amazing orangutan scenes in the treetops, he hoisted a 30-pound IMAX camera up on a crane! As a result, the film really feels like you are climbing in the trees and swinging through the air with the magnificent species.
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