Silent Forests

SILENT FORESTS is an intimate portrait of conservationists who are struggling to stop forest elephant poaching and ivory trafficking in Africa's Congo Basin.


We explore this story through Cameroon's first female eco-guard, a grassroots wildlife law enforcement group, a Congolese biologist studying elephant behavior, a reformed elephant poacher, and a Czech activist who leads a sniffer dog team.


Director: James Bateman

James Bateman is a documentary filmmaker based in the UK. For the past couple of years he has been enrolled at the National Film & Television School where he specialised in Science and Natural History Filmmaking, seeking to further develop his skills as both a director and a cameraman. For his latest film, ‘The Silent Forests’, James traveled to the Pacific Island of Guam where he documented the ongoing work of biologists operating on the front-line of invasive-species ecology.

United States Cameroon Congo-Brazzaville
109 Min.
SUB: English
Director: James Bateman
Cinematography: Zebediah Smith
Editing: Justin Joseph Hall, Zebediah Smith, Alexis Johnson
Music: Shane Chapman
Producer: Mariah Wilson
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