Mission Tritop

A 52-minute documentary adventure in the isolated und unexplored world of rainforest canopy. High up in the rainforest canopy lies an unknown, almost unreachable world full of light, of strange creatures, and with extreme climate. The lives of thousands of endemic species are mysteriously intertwined up here, a unique flora and fauna, from the roots to the leaves. So far, we can only guess how these forests affect the world´s climate, and we have only just begun to understand the complex interactions up in the canopy. Interaction and competition among the various species are largely unknown. But one thing is certain: it is exactly this habitat that is facing unforeseen changes, because one group of plants seems to be gaining the upper hand in the struggle for light: lianas are playing an increasingly dominant role in the rainforest. They block light from reaching young trees and crush the older ones.

Director: Rainer Bergomaz

The doctor of biologist Rainer Bergomaz (born 1957) was able to gain a lot of experience as a camera assistance, sound engineer and cameraman. Since 1994 he has worked as a journalist, sound engineer and cameraman for the TV channels ARD and ZDF.

52 Min.
Director: Rainer Bergomaz
Cinematography: Rainer Bergomaz
Editing: Martin Stange
Music: Florian Moser
Narrator: Joachim Kerzel
Editor: Dr. Renate Marel (ZDF)