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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys
Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys
Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys
Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys
Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys
Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys
Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys

Don't give up: Butterflies above the abbys

director: Eva Lammelová
original title: Nedej se: Motýli nad propastí
country: Czech Republic
year: 2019
running time: 26 min.

synopsis

Just as we are experiencing the unification of culture and society, so is nature. We are experiencing the greatest ecological collapse of species in recorded history. Birds and plants are disappearing, but perhaps the ones experiencing the greatest decline are butterflies. These insects are so delicate that even the smallest change in the environment can affect their populations. As a result of fields being consolidated and traditional farming becoming abandoned, this once common species has begun to appear much less frequently in the countryside to the point where they’ve become literally stranded on small “islands”. For some species, it has gotten so bad that we can find the “last of the Mohicans” on just one hill. What do butterflies need to survive and what should their habitat look like? 

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director: Eva Lammelová
producer: Petr Kubica
script: Eva Lammelová
photography: Františka Chlumská
editing: Miloš Málek
sound: Vojtěch Zavadil, René Sládek, Michal Janoušek

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