By Will Espero
The Mpassa: A Second Chance chronicles the efforts of Liz Pearson and her team as they work with orphaned gorillas in Central Africa. This feature documentary by Director Joel Lawrence Holzman from the United States begins with a river ride to a secluded region in Gabon where a team of workers protect and engage with gorillas in the Mpassa Gorilla Project.
The loss of a mother is traumatic in any species, and the conservation and rehabilitation of orphaned gorillas is the focus during a visit to the refuge. The daily routines, rituals, behaviors, and personalities are highlighted as viewers will see the relationships, bonds, and group dynamics these gorillas have created. Sixteen gorillas from one to eight years old interact and mingle in the jungle as their protectors and caregivers observe and monitor their actions.
The film is a close, intimate look at the primates and the work necessary to create a safe government-recognized reserve or sanctuary for these precious endangered animals.
Director : JOEL LAWRENCE HOLZMAN