DIRECTING DOCUMENTARIES

Notes From the Field

▶ By Timothy A. Powell

 

 

Day 9, Southern Uganda

Ugandan scouts have been tracking a group of silverback gorillas for the last three days. These are non-habituated animals (not used to human contact), and finding them in the wild is a challenging proposition. Our scouts have radioed us with their position so we can attempt to intercept and film the silverbacks in their natural environment. We’ve seen a mother and baby in a tree from a distance, but we’ve been bushwhacking for over an hour trying to get a better look. Our ranger scouts are armed with high-powered rifles, but moving through the bush with four people is pushing the gorillas farther into the jungle.

Sensing that we’re close, the ...

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