The Namib is the oldest desert of the world, and one of the most hostile ones. But even here, in a valley named Hoanib, there is life! The biggest animals are Desert Elephants. To survive they have to travel long distances, full of privations.

Director: Thomas Behrend

Thomas Behrend, a German documentary film maker born in Hamburg, is well-known for his unique under water shots. While studying mechanical engineering the enthusiastic sports diver gathered his first experiences in underwater photography. In 1988 he got his first assignment for a film production. After finishing university he dedicated himself to his passion. In 1991 he founded his own company: BLUE PLANET FILM. From that time on Thomas Behrend produced many international award-winning nature films.

Director: Rosie Koch

Rosie Koch, born on 20.09.1970 in Balingen, studied biology in Mainz, Jena and Tübingen after graduating from high school. During an internship in Ludwigsburg, she learned AVID editing, camera work and image processing. During her doctoral thesis in St. Louis, USA, about naked mole rats in Kenya, she created several, partly award-winning, animal short documentaries on her own. Another internship at Story House Productions in Berlin was followed by a 3-year employment at Marco Polo Film AG in Heidelberg as a researcher and director. In 2010 she founded her own nature film production company Nona Naturedocx. Mostly in collaboration with her partner, the cameraman Roland Gockel, the director and producer creates since then partly award-winning nature and animal films, as well as nature or animal protection relevant reports for public German and French television.

44 Min.
Director: Thomas Behrend, Rosie Koch
Script: Rosie Koch, Thomas Behrend
Cinematography: Roland Gockel, Christina Karliczek, Thomas Behrend
Editing: Mirco Tribanek, Jorn Schumann
Music: German Wahnsinn
Narrator: Wolf Frass
Editor: Gabriele Conze (WDR)
Website URL: www.blueplanetfilm.de