Harbinger

Harbinger

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
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary, Short
Director
Sam Sheline
Country
Panama, USA
Year
2017
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about documentary «Harbinger» (21)

Kevin Kennedy avatar
Kevin Kennedy

Engaging From the First Moment to The Very Last, But Blink-and You'll Miss It !

Megan N. avatar
Megan N.

I don't often see a modern film that I thoroughly enjoy, but this is one of the exceptions. From the start, you are immersed in the movie.

Paul Salazar avatar
Paul Salazar

extraordinary and beautiful movie ! The actors expressed their emotions and made me believe that they are really going through some sort of emotion.

Emily avatar
Emily

This was ten times better than I thought it would be.

Tyler M. avatar
Tyler M.

One worth watching. Beautiful meaning and message.

Betty Harvey avatar
Betty Harvey

Great FILM! You can watch it 4 times and still rediscover little quirks you hadn't noticed. Absolutely amazing.

Teresa C. avatar
Teresa C.

It was perfect. Plain and simple.

Joshua C. avatar
Joshua C.

I'm surprised I've not watched it sooner but hugely enjoyed every moment of this film. This film is up there in my top 10 films!

Angela Davidson avatar
Angela Davidson

Well-acted by a great cast. Entertaining. Pulled me into story and interested until the end.

Kathryn J. avatar
Kathryn J.

I don't care what the nay-sayers think.. this is a good movie, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it.

Victoria avatar
Victoria

This film is a feast to the eyes for every Short fan around the world!