We are in the early stages of the sixth mass extinction event in our planet's history. This time, one single species is to blame. The Panamanian golden frog (technically a toad) is the country's national animal, a symbol of good luck, and extinct in the wild. This half-hour documentary film chronicles how Panamanian biologist Edgardo Griffith and his wife Heidi Ross realized earlier than most that their homeland's unique amphibians were in serious trouble. An invasive fungal pathogen, introduced by humans, was running rampant through the country, killing more than 90% of amphibians in its wake. They worked tirelessly in the early 2000s to capture more than 60 species of amphibians, treat them for the virulent fungus, find them a temporary home in a converted hotel room full of aquariums, and find or breed thousands of insects for them to eat. And that was just the beginning. Now Heidi is the Director of the El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center, the permanent home for the next generations of these precious animals. Edgardo keeps searching the mountains and rainforests for remnant populations. On one of these searches he got lucky... The film also features Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Sixth Extinction, discussing the plight of amphibians around the world.

Running Time
27 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Documentary, Short
Sam Sheline
Panama, USA
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about documentary «Harbinger» (21)

Linda Garza avatar
Linda Garza

One of the best movies for Short lovers

Steven R. avatar
Steven R.

One of the better movies I've seen lately.

Barbara Ruiz avatar
Barbara Ruiz

So thankful for this film! I was sitting on the edge of the seat and couldn't look away from the screen

Cheryl C. avatar
Cheryl C.

Don't take it too seriously and you'll have a blast!

Austin avatar

This is the cutest movie!! Literally the cutest.

Katherine avatar

i disliked nothing about this film

Nancy avatar

Great film! I can't believe I hadn't heard of it before. It's a must watch!

Aaron Martinez avatar
Aaron Martinez

This was a great movie. The storyline was believable and the directing and cast are excellent.

Cynthia F. avatar
Cynthia F.

Sam Sheline really surprised me! Not only did he assemble a surprisingly talented cast, but he was able to make you really connect with the situation.

Kimberly P. avatar
Kimberly P.

Awesome job on producing the movie. Very intense! Kept me on edge.