The Silent Forests

On the Pacific Island of Guam, a man-made ecological disaster has been building for the past 70 years. When a non-native species was accidentally introduced to the island in the 1950s, a chain of events was set in motion that has led to the near complete erasure of Guam’s native forest birds. For the past 30 years, agencies cross the island have been fighting tirelessly to prevent this tragic fate from being repeated elsewhere.

This film is part of double feature 1.

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 Kingdom
21 Min.
Director: James Bateman
Script: James Bateman
Cinematography: James Bateman
Editing: Raluca Petre
Music: Cora Miron
Nominations: Best Newcomer 2020