“Breathing Room”, produced and directed by Daphne Wong, is an official selection the the 2019 WCFF. The world premiere screening takes place in New York, NY
‘Breathing Room’ is a documentary on the plight of the Chinese White Dolphins in Hong Kong. The film brings to light the research and conservation work that is being done to save them, and discusses the implications of habitat loss due to continuous coastal developments for these iconic pink dolphins. The Chinese White Dolphin has been living in the waters of Hong Kong for hundreds of years. The dolphin, which is in fact pink in appearance, is nicknamed ‘Panda of the Sea’ due to its rarity and friendliness. Despite being chosen as the handover mascot in 1997 when Britain returned the region to China, the Chinese White Dolphin’s fate is not auspicious at all. Their numbers have plunged 75% since 2003, and the species was recently up listed to the ‘Vulnerable’ status on the IUCN Red List. They are facing multiple threats, including habitat loss due to coastal development, water pollution, and danger of collision with vessels.
The 9th annual WCFF anniversary includes, ten days of over 100 documentary films with panel discussion, networking, receptions, field trips and more. Films will represent over 40 nations as in previous years, with international filmmakers in attendance. To purchase discount film festival passes for the 9th annual WCFF visit: wcff.org/nyc-festival-2019/
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The WCFF mission is to inform, engage and inspire wildlife conservation through the power of film.