Gardeners of Eden

  • From the Ground to the Cloud From the Ground to the Cloud


Sequoia 1 Sat, Oct 4, 2014 2:00 PM
Rafael 2 Sun, Oct 5, 2014 4:45 PM
Rafael 2 Tue, Oct 7, 2014 11:45 AM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Active Cinema
Running Time:64
Director:Austin Peck
Anneliese Vandenberg
Producer:Village Beat
RYOT Films
Kristin Davis
Cinematographer:Austin Peck
Anneliese Vandenberg
Editor:Austin Peck
Cast:Dame Daphne Sheldrick
Julius Shivenga
Nick Trent
Note Writer:Michael Fox


Even in Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park, elephants aren’t safe from poachers. The surging price of ivory has given rise to organized gangs that hunt and kill these majestic creatures for their tusks, usually leaving orphans in their wake. Continuously on the lookout and always ready to come to the rescue, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has a well-established protocol for transporting and caring for the traumatized baby elephants and, just as crucially, a remarkable record of successfully reintroducing them to the wild. Everyone we meet in this eye-opening film-from pilots to nursery keepers, anti-poaching trackers to Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, who founded and continues to lead the organization in its fourth decade-gives proof that the serpent does not rule the garden. WORLD PREMIERE

Producer Kristin Davis (Sex & the City) will join directors Austin Peck and Anneliese Vandenberg for a Q&A following the Saturday, October 4, 2:00 pm and Sunday, October 5, 4:45 pm screenings. The directors will also attend the Tuesday, October 7, 11:45 am screening.


Included Shorts

From the Ground to the Cloud (8min) More

Additional Information

Gardeners of Eden is the second feature length documentary for directors Peck and Vandenberg. Their previous work includes the 2013 documentary film, Tough Bond (Berlinale, Hotdocs) and music videos for SubPop recording artists Shabazz Palaces (“Blastit”) and the UK/Malawi afro-dance group The Very Best (“Yoshua” and “Kondaine”). In addition to music videos, the directors have also produced/shot/directed several short films for their non-profit/production company (Village Beat) as well as the United Nations and are currently launching a community radio station with the pastoralist tribes of the Isiolo community in northern Kenya.