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RSPB Bristol presents: Catapults to Cameras – Film Screening and Q&A with Ashwika Kapur

  • 19/03/24
  • 19:00 - 21:00

More details: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/rspb-bristol/catapults-to-cameras-film-screening-and-q-a-with-ashwika-kapur/e-raypje


Wildlife filmmaker Ash Kapur, sets out on a deeply personal quest to uncover the roots of an illegal wildlife hunting festival in the forests of her home in Bengal –  a region renowned for its diverse wildlife and boasting the highest number of bird species in India. Yet, each year, thousands of protected species are massacred in an illegal blood sport of staggering scale. As Ash sets out to find answers, she uncovers a heart-breaking truth: children as young as three are handed catapults as weapons in this assault against wildlife. In a defiant act of hope, Ash teams up with conservationist Suvra Chatterjee, to inspire change where it matters most – in the hearts of children within these hunting communities.

A RoundGlass Sustain Film
In Association with HEAL
Director: Ashwika Kapur
Executive Producer: Samreen Farooqui

Conservation Impact of the film: Catapults to Cameras is a one-of-a-kind idea that went on to spark an actual Conservation Project by the same name. In an inspiring journey beyond production, this unique film has given birth to an impactful conservation project with dual focus on wildlife conservation and nature-education for children of hunting communities in India. It is now ongoing and expanding every month, saving wildlife and imparting life values of kindness and empathy in children. The film’s hope and message transcend boundaries, as noted by The Telegraph, India, in a review: “No change is too small, and nor is any changemaker.”

ABOUT ASH KAPUR

Calcutta-born Ashwika Kapur is an academically qualified Science Communicator and an international award-winning Natural History & conservation filmmaker. At 26, Ash launched her career with a “Green Oscar”, as best emerging filmmaker at Wildscreen Film Festival. Since then, Ash has worked as a director, producer and presenter with companies like BBC, National Geographic, Netflix, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet & Roundglass Sustain. But simultaneous to her work in Television, Ash makes sure to take the time out to tell important local conservation stories from India, where she grew up. Ash is also a nature educator and a professional mentor for emerging industry talent for institutions like the Natural History Museum of London and Screenskills UK. She’s currently a Director with the BBC Natural History Unit, working on a landmark wildlife TV series for National Geographic.

We will have a short introduction from Ash, then the film will run for about 40 minutes, followed by Q&A.

Tickets are available for a voluntary donation, with all proceeds split between the Catapults to Cameras conservation project and the RSPB Bristol Local Group, to enable us to put on more such events.

Please note that as this is a University teaching space, hot drinks, food and alcohol are not permitted inside the room.

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