Several international airlines have agreed to take a powerful South African documentary – and a crucial conservation message – to the skies in 2020.
British Airways, Swiss International Air Lines, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines have committed to screening the ground-breaking 2019 film, Eye of the Pangolin, on their long-haul routes.
Pangolin Africa, the South African-based non-profit organisation which co-produced the film, is also negotiating with other big carriers to include the film in their onboard screening.
The African pangolin is the most trafficked wildlife species on earth and the film, released on YouTube for free in 2019, aims to raise global awareness around the plight of this extraordinary animal.
From the co-director of Blood Lions, Eye of the Pangolin is about two men on a mission to get all four species of African pangolin on camera for the first time. It was filmed in South Africa, Ghana, Central African Republic and Gabon.
As they travel the African continent to learn more about those caring for and studying pangolins, they are captivated by these strange, secretive creatures, and document the race to save them from being poached to extinction.
“The move to make the film available to airlines for free is in line with our goal to make Eye of the Pangolin the most watched wildlife documentary ever,”Pangolin Africa director-Toby Jermyn
“We see passengers in flight as the perfect captive audience to enjoy and learn from our 45-minute film.” says Toby Jermyn, who hails from the UK but has lived in South Africa for more than 20 years.
The film was released online for free on YouTube in 2019 and is now also being made available to airlines for onboard viewing, as inflight online streaming is not commonly available.
Onboard screenings will run from February to coincide with World Pangolin Day on February 15.
Pangolin Africa is inviting other international airlines to “come on board” and join Team Pangolin in this global conservation initiative.
Visit www.pangolin.africa/inflight for details.