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Pango

7m Short, Documentary 2020

January 2020: a virus has broken out in Wuhan which is thought to have a zoonotic origin. The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19 is believed to have spilled over from bats to humans, and through another intermediary host; pangolins. While scientists debate the extent of the world’s most trafficked mammals’ role, on the other side of the planet, in the Namibian bushveld, the harsh truth of Africa remains the same. A wildlife rescue team intercepts a group of illegal pangolin poachers on the run; two prehistoric treasures hidden in the boot. The suspects abandon the vehicle to make a run for it and in the noisy chaos Anna opens the boot to find Pango and her mother; scared, hungry and without hope. Pango is still breathing but she is the only one.. Having survived two weeks without food and unknowing of her species’ growing global infamy, Pango hangs on for her life. She will need to survive without her mother. Waking up in an enclosure, Pango finds herself at the foot of a unique journey; the rise of a species and the fall of another. This is a story of struggle, a story of connection; an animal on the brink of extinction, where a cruel virus might save her life, but what will this mean for the coexistence of humans and wildlife?

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Director

Tami Marriott

Writer

Tami Marriott

Producer

Tami Marriott

Producer

Dylan MArriott

Language

English

Country

South Africa