In the Kindom of the Kingfisher

This feature gives us little known insights into the life of the native but exotic kingfisher. His habitat lies in the Westerwald, the Western Forest, one of the most beautiful low mountain ranges in Germany. The wooded river valleys hold valuable oases offering the shy and rare kingfisher all he needs. The sparrow-sized bird's diet consists exclusively of fish and if the streams freeze over in long cold spells, it starves to death. One winter may wipe out a whole population.


Director: Rolf J. Möltgen

Rolf Möltgen (age 60) became a trained electronic technician after attending the university of applied sciences in Bonn. 1964 he obtained an apprenticeship as cameraman at Studio-Rheinfilm in Bonn. In the same year he made his first underwater movie depicting the life of Greek fisherman and sponge divers.
His later topics range from action features to protection of endangered species, from behavioural sciences to pure adventure. Many of his interesting titles were featured on WDR, Arte, ZDF and SAT1, and partly adopted by BBC and National Geographic. Der Berg der Haie was featured on last year's festival program and was nominated for the award of Best Marine Film 2009.

44 Min.
Director: Rolf J. Möltgen
Script: Rolf J. Möltgen
Cinematography: Rolf J. Möltgen
Editing: Ralf Kamin
Narrator: Jochen Kolenda
Editor: Gabriele Conze(WDR), Catherine Le Goff (ARTE)
Awards: sh:z Audience Award 2011
Nominations: sh:z Audience Award 2011