African Safari

Synopsis: Filmmaker Ben Stassen and cinematographer Sean MacLeod Phillips return to southern Africa for a whole new adventure. Animal behaviorist Kevin Richardson - "The Lion Whisperer" - guides audiences on an extraordinary journey across the most spectacular sceneries on earth: from the picturesque coastal desert dunes of Namibia, through the natural wonder of the Ngorongoro crater and then on to the breathtaking Victoria Falls. The film delivers startlingly close encounters with lions, cheetahs, leopards, black rhinoceros and elephants. This is the trek of a lifetime, so get ready to be immersed in the real wild Africa - where there are no fences for your protection.
Genre: Documentary
85 min

This protein has zero medicinal value,

yet it is pushing a magnificent species

to the brink of extinction.

A number of private game

reserves in Africa

have been restocked with rhinos.

But to see them in the wild

would be a real treat.

Extremely skittish and

fearful of poachers,

black rhinos spend most of their time

hidden in thick bush.

There is no guarantee we will meet

this pre-historic animal.

I think just up ahead here

is where the road forks.

- Yeah, looks like it.

- Did you see the Jackal!

- No.

- Over there!

I think this is where we turn.

Right about here.

Yeah. The river is on the right,

we head to the higher

plateau on the left.

Hi, hi, Captain!

I'm glad you know

who is in charge here...

Oh, give me a break, Mara!

In order to fight

the renewed poaching activity,

Namibia has made

vast areas of rhino habitat

inaccessible to the public.

On the express condition

that we do not reveal

our actual location,

we've received special permission

to penetrate deep into a rhino sanctuary

accompanied by heavily

armed anti-poaching rangers.

Over there in the hills.

- Is that where the hide is?

- Yes.

OK. Bye guys. Good luck.

OK, thanks and you too, cheers.

As Mara goes to her hide with Bazil,

I am taken to an even more secret place,

a water hole next

to a very remote research station.

A nearby radio tower

used by the scientists

could be spotted on Google Earth

enabling poachers to find the location,

so we have been asked not to show

any pictures of the surrounding area.

So Bazil, how many Rhinos

are we going to see?

20, maybe more.

I wish.

I can't believe it,

we've been here less than an hour

and already our first sighting.

That's Eliza,

she has the longest horn on record

of any white rhino in Africa.

You know her by name?

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Ben Stassen

Ben Stassen is a Belgian film director, producer and screenwriter. He founded nWave Pictures in 1994, producing successful CGI ride films including the groundbreaking Devils Mine. Starting in 1997, Stassen began focusing on large-format films, and made some of the most successful large-format films to date, including Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun and Alien Adventure. Contrary to most large-format films, which mix education with spectacular visuals, Stassen's earlier large-format films were aimed exclusively at the entertainment market. As IMAX theaters around the world increasingly became capable of screening stereoscopic (3-D) films in the late 1990s, Stassen embraced this new technology, and directed a succession of popular 3-D large-format films, including Encounter in the Third Dimension and Haunted Castle. In 2005, Stassen produced and directed Wild Safari 3D, the first 3-D wildlife film for the giant screen. Ben Stassen's first feature-length animated film, Fly Me to the Moon, was released in North America on 15 August 2008 on both regular-size and IMAX screens, exclusively in 3-D. According to nWave, Fly Me to the Moon was the first animated film to be designed, created, and released solely in 3-D. The film was originally announced for the spring or summer of 2007. The delay is believed to be the result of the slow roll-out of 3-D projection technology. On 7 May 2008, nWave announced that its next feature-length animated film would be called Around the World in 50 Years and that it too would be directed by Ben Stassen. It was released in 2010 as A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures. Further animated features directed or co-directed by Stassen include A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise (2012), The House of Magic (2013), The Wild Life (2016) and the upcoming The Son of Bigfoot (2017). Stassen was also involved in the production of several films directed by famed Croatian film director Krsto Papić, most notably My Uncle's Legacy. “Son of Bigfoot,” which is still in theaters in many territories (early 2018), has topped 8 million admissions worldwide. The Queen's Corgi, the 7th feature animated project from Stassen is firmly positioning nWave Studios ( as one of the world’s rare purveyors of high-profile mainstream independent animation outside North America. Budgeted at more than $20 million, “Corgi” follows the adventure of Rex, the British monarch’s most beloved dog, who is tricked into leaving his mistress in search for adventure. But soon his escapade takes an unexpected turn as he stumbles across a fight club with dogs of all kinds confronting each other. During his epic journey to return to Buckingham Palace, Rex falls in love and discovers his true self. Charades, Paris based sales company, has acquired worldwide sales rights to “The Queen’s Corgi” and has already sold the film to over 50 territories. The film will be delivered in the first quarter of 2019.The Queen's Corgi is produced by Ben Stassen and co-directed by Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot (Robinson Crusoe). Rex's voice talent is Joseph Bwarie, a long-running Jersey Boys lead on Broadway. It is written by Rob Sprackling and John Smth (Gnomeo and Juliet). The film has received the support of Belgian film commission Wallimage. Stassen is currently working on the launch of a streaming platform for 3D content for VR Headsets ( nWave Studios has one of the largest library of 3D films in the world, ranging from feature films, large format film (Imax) 4D attraction films and ride films. more…

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