Video Production for Environmental Education
We believe that good storytelling though films, videos and documentaries plays a key role in fostering environmental conservation and motivate behavioral changes. We are committed to raising people's awareness by inspiring action through the innovative use of media.
Most companies lack experience in environmental topics and wildlife productions in the field. Projects and products are not shared with local communities which leads to less knowledge about the ecosystems these communities live in.
We focus on environmental filmmaking and wildlife photography. But we go beyond production. We engage traditional communities, ensure that they have access to project results, and encourage them to become advocates for the ecosystems they live in. We share scientific research and discoveries with the general public in an easy to understand manner.
In addition to portraying beautiful natural landscapes, our documentaries show the socio-environmental and cultural situation of Brazil's ecosystems and accompany scientific research teams.
REDISCOVERING THE ATLANTIC FOREST
The documentary "Rediscovering the Atlantic Forest" is a visual journey through the Atlantic Forest. Main charakter is the Muriqui (also known as woolly spider-monkey), the largest monkey in the Americas.
THE DUAS BOCAS BIOLOGICAL RESERVE
The documentary "Últimos Refúgios: Reserva Biológica de Duas Bocas" is about the creation of a conservation unit because of the importance of clean drinking water and the preservation of the regions water resources.
The documentary "Últimos Refúgios: Toninho Mateiro" tells the story of a former hunter who turned his life around and became a strong ally for researchers and field work activities in the State Park Paulo Cesar Vinha, located between the cities Vila Velha and Guarapari in Espírito Santo.
ADVENTURES OF A WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER
How is it like to be a wildlife photographer? The answer to this question can be found in the series "Adventures of a Wildlife Photographer", in which Leonardo Merçon shows in practice why he loves his job.
MY WONDERS OF THE WORLD - BRAZIL
'My Wonders of the World - Brazil' is an adventure/travel documentary series exploring Brazil through the eyes of a German girl who travels through Brazil, in order to discover and explore the wonders of the country - natural paradises, culture and adventure.
"Phorographing Nature" is a vlog style web-series. The Últimos Refúgios Institute accompanies researchers, scientists, and photographers on expeditions through the most beautiful Brazilian ecosystems.
Our web-series rely on strong main characters and use the art of storytelling to inspire people to take action and bring about positive change.
Clips and Web Videos
Our clips and web videos focus on conservation topics. We want to raise awareness and give a voice to the most vulnerable, those who suffer from the consequences of unsustainable development.
RESCUING SEA TURTLE NESTS
Due to a storm, high tide and very strong winds the beach of Regência in Espírito Santo suffered extreme erosion over night. Sea turtle nests were washed away and the race against the tide to save and transfer as many eggs as possible had begun.
THE VOICES OF THE RIO DOCE
"The Voices of the Rio Doce" is an independent project that shows the reality and consequences of the Rio Doce tragedy that took place in 2015. It gives a voice to vulnerable local and traditional communities that depend on the river for their livelihood.
A TURTLE NAMED VICTORY
In 2015, the Últimos Refúgios Institute co-hosted the Environmental Festival 'O Canal'. During the production of the festival we rescued and accompanied the rehabilitation of a green sea turtle that got stuck and almost drowned in an illegally placed fishing net.
We seek new ways to encourage environmental preservation. This is why we implement film festivals, engage in scientific tourism and support conservation projects.
Scientific Tourism is a niche within alternative forms of tourism that generates and shares acquired knowledge, but has wider implications and benefits. Linking science and tourism can potentially improve the conservation of highly fragile ecosystems.
THE HUMPBACK WHALE PROJECT
The project seeks to foster knowledge about the humpback whale population of Espírito Santo. We encourage sustainable whale watching activities, train former fishers as local guides and hope to improve socio-economic growth of the local communities.
Birdwatching, or birding, is a form of wildlife observation in which the observation of birds is a recreational activity or citizen science. Our activities include field trips, workshops and student courses during film festivals.