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Screening and Q&A: The Bonobo Connection with Filmmaker Irene Magafan

November 8, 2017

Journey into a corrupt world, full of habitat destruction, political war, civil unrest and illegal hunting and you will find one of the most peaceful beings on Earth, the bonobo. This award-winning documentary made by Irene Magafan before she joined WWF's Creative Solutions team takes us on a journey to meet a family of bonobos in captivity at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio and through them we learn about their cousins in the wild forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the struggles they face as a species and the importance of conserving their land and their species. We hear from world leaders in wildlife conservation and great ape research who discuss the infamous system of cooperation that bonobos have created, which holds the key to sustaining peace not only for bonobos but for humankind.

Narrated by actor and activist Ashley Judd, the film acts as a stepping stone for bonobo conservation and to generate awareness about the DRC and why it's important, as the second lung of the Earth, to preserve it for the animals who live in it and for our planet at as whole.