poachingincostarica.com (an online documentary), looks into the culture of poaching, and the violence and insecurity it can bring. This heartfelt investigative story documents the impact of violence and poaching on the friends of Jairo Mora, a turtle conservationist, who sadly has become famous around the world after he was murdered by poachers in Moin, Costa Rica.
Jairo was murdered about a year after we filmed for a documentary looking into the dark undertones of the pristine eco paradise of Costa Rica around the Osa Peninsula, where another conservationist was murdered by poachers. Her name is Kimberly Blackwell.
We decided to combine the screen component of our work with an online interactive element, so that we can get a better understanding of this issue which is prevalent in many countries around the world.
The screen component of the feature, a journalism style documentary called Corcovado’s Dark Secret won best journalist at the New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival and best local film at the Sydney Latin American Film Festival, 2013. It also aired on Aurora Television, 183 Foxtel in April 2014, and will play at the 15th Irish Latin American Film Festival, 2015.
Visit the gallery of production stills.