The Okavango River Basin provides a vital source of water to about 1 million people, the world’s largest population of African elephants and significant populations of lions, cheetahs and hundreds of species of birds. However, this once unspoiled oasis is now under siege due to increasing pressure from human activity. From National Geographic Documentary Films, Into the Okavango chronicles a team of modern-day explorers on their first epic four-month, 1,500-mile expedition across three countries to save the river system that feeds the Okavango Delta, one of our planet’s last wetland wildernesses.
2018 / USA / 88 MIN
Neil Gelinas, Director
Neil Gelinas is an executive producer, director, cameraman and editor for the National Geographic Society. He spent more than six years making his first feature documentary, Into the Okavango, and is passionate about using film as a tool for change.Gelinas has also produced films for National Geographic Pristine Seas, a project that has helped protect more than 5 million square kilometersof ocean through science, exploration and media. His work has been screened for presidents of nations and environmental film festivals, and has aired on National Geographic and Nat Geo WILD. “We’re going to get this place protected. We’re going to achieve what we set out to do because after this journey, after everything we’ve been through, anything is possible.”