With fewer than 2500 left in the wild, Red Pandas could be at the brink of extinction due to illegal trafficking and habitat loss. In a small village in Nepal, a native woman steps up as an unconventional warrior to change the unfortunate fate of the Red Pandas in her community forest. This film takes you on a mesmerizing journey with the first female forest guardian, through remote bamboo jungles, scaling the mighty Himalayan wilderness into the hidden world of Red Pandas.
Gunjan Menon is an independent wildlife filmmaker and writer from India. She specializes in conservation and human interest stories and has won multiple accolades with 30+ International awards and nominations across 15 countries so far. Her work has been seen on Animal Planet, Discovery, BBC Earth, along with other local Indian platforms. In her first independent film, ‘The Firefox Guardian’, she captured the unique bond shared between an indigenous community in Nepal and wild red pandas. The film now travels to various film festivals, schools, and colleges across the world has successfully started a dialogue on ecofeminism, and continues to raise funds for red panda conservation. She also spends her time teaching children and youth about the endangered species of India. Gunjan strives to shift the limelight to lesser-known species and habitats and practices a cross-genre approach to bring conservation stories to the masses. She is the Founder of ‘Beyond Premieres’, an organization that supports filmmakers to create tangible impact through their art. Gunjan was recently awarded the Jackson Wild Media Award as the Rising Star 2020 for her contributions in the field of nature, conservation, and extended impact.
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