'Back to the Wild' is a 30-minute documentary depicting the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi’s efforts to reintroduce the endangered Scimitar-horned oryx to Africa.
Back to the Wild, a 30-minute documentary depicting an Abu Dhabi-led programme to reintroduce the Scimitar-horned Oryx to Chad, will screen online on Monday, June 29, followed by a discussion between HE Omar Ghobash, Assistant Minister for Culture and Public Diplomacy, and HE Razan Al Mubarak, Managing Director – The Mohammed Bin Zayed Species Conservation.
Back to the Wild presents the story of the EAD’s Scimitar-horned oryx Reintroduction Programme, the largest mammalian re-introduction effort in history. The Scimitar-horned oryx was declared extinct in the wild in 2000; with around 3,000 individuals, the UAE is home to the world’s largest remaining population. The inspiring documentary follows the EAD’s efforts to introduce a self-sustaining herd of over 500 animals in Chad’s Ouadi Rimé-Ouadi Achim Reserve.
The screening is presented as part of a partnership between Image Nation Abu Dhabi, the company behind the documentary, and the Office of Public and Cultural Diplomacy at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC). It will be the second monthly event in the virtual salon series ‘The Art of Cultural Diplomacy’, which showcases the power of film and visual storytelling to influence important social topics.
The premiere event, which screened polio documentary Every Last Child, was attended by over 400 participants from around the world, including Brazil, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg and the UAE.
Image Nation will screen several of its award-winning film productions throughout the series, including History of the Emirates and As One: The Autism Project, followed by panel discussions with industry experts and leading thinkers.
The event will take place on Image Nation’s webinar platform, with free online registration.