WASHINGTON (March 8, 2013)—National Geographic Cinema Ventures (NGCV) announced today that it will distribute the giant screen film “Jerusalem,” which takes audiences on an eye-opening tour of one of the world’s oldest and most enigmatic cities. National Geographic Cinema Ventures is responsible for production and distribution of giant screen, 3-D and specialty films. Cosmic Picture was founded by Taran Davies and Dominic Cunningham-Reid to produce dynamic giant screen and theatrical films to entertain and educate audiences about culture, faith, history, science and the environment. Founded by George Duffield and Meg Thomson, Arcane Pictures’ mission is to make powerful and moving films. Last week week I spoke with photographer and filmmaker Shaul Schwarz about his new documentary Narco Cultura. Schwarz was originally inspired to make the film while working on a 2010 National Geographic story called Troubled Saints that profiled narco culture, as well as the rising dedication to various folk icons of death.
The bizarre collision of witnessing actual violence, paired with people celebrating killing in the music of the narcocorridos, totally jarred him. The film follows two main characters: Edgar Quintero, the singer of the narcocorrido band “BuKnas” from Los Angeles, and Richie Soto, a crime scene investigator in Juarez, Mexico.
Schwarz, originally from Israel, spent three years traveling from his home in Brooklyn to Mexico and Los Angeles to gain the trust of his subjects, allowing them to slowly open up to him over time.
A women puts down flour to soak up blood on the pavement where a young man was murdered August 6, 2009, in Ciudad Juarez. To make the film as raw and real as possible, Schwarz said he pushed Edgar and Richie to allow him to document intimate moments of their lives, even if it meant showing illegal activity or gruesome scenes of death. Schwarz and his soundperson, Juan Bertran, eventually filmed Edgar with guns, drugs, and on a mad trip through Culiacan, Mexico, where he partied with, and performed for, narco gangsters.
The filmmakers also documented Richie as he recovered bodies from crime scenes, and interviewed him about his career, even as he faced the real risk of being executed himself for saying too much.
Federal police conduct a raid inside a large dance club in downtown Tijuana, on June 12, 2009.
Schwarz was able to make such an intimate film because he operated on a small scale—using minimal gear, and minimal people (just himself as videographer and Bertan as soundperson and translator.) And because of Schwarz’s background as a photojournalist, his instinct was to get as close as possible to his subjects. A young man is found shot to death in a residential neighborhood in Palomas, Mexico, on August 3, 2009. Most importantly, Schwarz says he wants viewers to come away with the understanding that the drug war is not just confined to Mexico, but that it’s an American problem as well. It is alarming that most politicians are starting to have us believe that liberalising use of narcotics will reduce related crime which is not true and reflects the failure of governments in eradicating a menace that threatens all our future generations. Having been closer to this world long before it became this grossly violent, I’m sad for those that believe this is the way to become a type of open air mafia wise guy. As a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, I am greatly honored to be a part of this legacy of science, exploration, discovery, and dissemination of knowledge.
Turkey (Turkiye) is the only country covered almost entirely by three of the world’s 34 global biodiversity hotspots: the Caucasus, Irano-Anatolian,and the Mediterranean. This is also one of the most important places in Turkey for carnivorous mammals such as brown bears,wolves, lynx, and wild cats (Felis sylvestris), especially in the Sar?kam?s Forest-Allahuekber Mountains National Park of Kars and Erzurum. Even leopards, once widespread in Turkey, may remain in the region, as they occur in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Iran that border Kars and its neighboring provinces Ardahan and Igd?r.
These isolated forests provide inadequate habitat for large mammal species, increase their vulnerability, and potentially reduce their genetic diversity.
These are European brown bears (Ursus arctos arctos), the same species as the North American grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis). Perfectly complementing the scientific team were the National Geographic Crittercam and documentary teams. The entire process, from the adrenaline-surge of tranquilizing a bear to the thrill of tracking one hidden behind bushes only a few meters away, was filmed by the excellent National Geographic Channel Turkey documentary crew led by Emre Karberk and Gokberk Kocal. Catching, collaring, and releasing these large and dangerous animals required meticulous preparation, perfect coordination, and complete dedication. After years of anticipation, months of preparation and weeks of hard field work, we succeeded beyond our expectations. When we found the first CritterCam, the female bear was sitting on  after it automatically fell off her.
CritterCams are programmed to drop off after 2 to 10 days, so that stage is only the beginning. With 10 bears currently being tracked, which has doubled the number of brown bears ever tracked in Turkey, we hope to collect a lot more critical data on brown bear ecology and conservation for the years to come. One cannot spend a day in Sar?kam?s without remembering the nearly 120,000 soldiers of the Ottoman and Russian armies that died during the Sar?kam?s battle between December 22, 1914 and January 15, 1915.
Basta Cagan hocam olmak uzere tum ekibin emegine tesekkurler .Cagan, especially thanks to the hard work the whole team, including my teacher. An artist, scientist, engineer, and visionary, Leonardo da Vinci was a prominent figure during the Renaissance. To complement the exhibition Da Vinci-The Genius, the film will be shown through September 12 on the days listed below. We encountered an error while trying to process your request, please try again in a few moments. After years of working with various government ministries and religious and community leaders, the filmmakers were granted the exclusive permits necessary to capture aerial shots above the Old City of Jerusalem, and throughout the Holy Land. Arcane is at the forefront of combining documentaries and the power of cinema to change the world.

It cuts back and forth between the two, allowing viewers to experience the surreal dichotomy between the shell-shocked residents of Mexico, and the club-goers who shake, dance, and sing to the deceptively cheerful narcocorridos. It gave him access into a world that few journalists infiltrate because of the inherent danger involved.
Why some human right organizations and U.N nations do not like Iran to punish criminals and they call Iran as dangers for journalist or a place to have freedom of speech , which is not true after in 2013 I travel in Iran for photography . In celebration of this historic day, I decided to write about some National Geographic firsts we achieved this fall in eastern Turkey while studying the conservation ecology of brown bears in the Sar?kam?s Forest-Allahuekber Mountains National Park of Kars and Erzurum.
This region, with high biological, cultural and historical diversity, is a high plateau located at the intersection of two of the world’s global biodiversity hotspots, the Caucasus and Irano-Anatolian.
Kars’ carnivores are top predators at the peak of the food chain, are indicators of a healthy environment, and comprise flagship and keystone species. Among 15 mammal species, our research documented wild cat and two subspecies of lynx (Caucasian and European) in eastern Turkey, discovered a new breeding population of lynx in Kars, and obtained the first photos in Turkey of lynx with young. Lack of sufficient carnivore habitat, as well as people hunting and poaching carnivores’ natural prey species (e.g.
On a map, we chose the critical and often the shortest linkages between existing forest fragments, and planned the wildlife corridor around these. This extremely important, ambitious, risky, and unique project on the threatened brown bears of eastern Turkey succeeded thanks to a great team, our years of field experience in the region, months of planning, meticulous preparation, a highly professional, dedicated and integrated team, advance planning, and of course, a little bit of luck. While all this was happening, a seven-person National Geographic documentary team from Turkey and the USA filmed it all to create Turkey’s first National Geographic wildlife documentary. The European brown bear is smaller than the grizzly, on average, but in the Kars region, our bears can reach grizzly size.
Greg Marshall and Kyler Abernathy flew in from the National Geographic headquarters in Washington DC with the state-of-the-art CritterCams they developed and perfected over the years. These brave fellows were constantly with us in the thick of the action, professionally filming every angle and capturing every sound, while remarkably not getting in the way. As the bears mainly feed at night in this region, this required our team to be ready all night to deploy at once with all of our field gear. Recovering the first CritterCam was especially nerve-wracking, as we did not know if it would work at all.
Because these bears spend a lot of time feeding at a nearby garbage dump, especially before their winter hibernation, we did not expect them to travel much, although we very much hoped they would.
These data will show us the most important parts of the region for these bears, indicate where to focus our wildlife corridor reforestation efforts, show us where bears cross the highways so we can ask the government to build wildlife passages, and help improve the conservation of bears and other wildlife in the region. Most of them were Ottoman soldiers that were ill-prepared for winter conditions and died of hypothermia in the harsh winter of Kars where temperatures can drop to -40 Centigrade (or Fahrenheit). Sar?kam?s Forest-Allahuekber Mountains National Park was declared in 2004 to commemorate these martys and also to protect the highest elevation Scots pine forest in Turkey. My parents were able to join me in Kars for a few days this fall and they were thrilled to see our research.
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Its most recent film, “The End of the Line,” won the inaugural Puma Creative Impact prize for the documentary that achieves the largest social impact in the world.
Our work takes place in Kars, Ardahan, Erzurum, Artvin, Igd?r and Agr? provinces, much of it reminiscent of Montana or Colorado in its climate, vegetation, and beautiful scenery consisting of mountains, wetlands, rivers, fields, meadows, and pine forests, with some Utah-like scenic arid lands thrown in. Large carnivores need large areas because of their ecology and size, but are increasingly threatened worldwide. Most wildlife in the region is afraid to move in the open due to illegal killing by people. Naturally, these animals are highly dangerous when caught, requiring extensive experience in handling them.
Thanks to their expertise, the CritterCams worked as planned, dropped when they were supposed to, signaled their locations with VHF transmitters, and captured the first-ever CritterCam footage from Turkey. For safety, we always drove to the traps, which were placed within the dart-reach of our vehicle.
Unfortunately, most ended up being false alarms, whose frequency increased after the first week, as the bears figured out the traps!
After all, the bear could have moved it around, broken it or there could have been a technical problem.
These are state-of-the-art collars that not only collect accurate GPS points and other data, but also text message us these data to our cell phones. We closely work with local people to raise awareness and the data we collect will also help us provide them with advice to reduce the ongoing human-bear conflict. My dad was especially excited, giddy with the joy of observing up close the magnificent bears he always loved to watch in documentaries. Featuring commentary from scholars, the film includes tests of his inventions, including his tank and parachute. The film tells the stories of real-life inhabitants of the ancient city and of prominent archaeologists exploring the enduring appeal of this unique crossroads of civilization. Aside from the breathtaking scenery, “Jerusalem” also explores some of the surprising intersections between Judaism, Christianity and Islam, which come together in this sacred city. With support from the Christensen Fund, UNDP and the Whitley Fund, we are continuing our camera trap research and also working on local environmental education, outreach and ecotourism, in order to reduce the human-carnivore conflict in the region.

We expect brown bears and other wildlife to use these linkages once they are reforested, but some areas may be more important for bear movement than others.
The ecology, movement, and behaviour data we collect from the transmitters and from National Geographic CritterCams are extremely important in helping conserve these bears and in shaping the creation of Turkey’s first wildlife corridor we initiated last year. Arpat Ozgul at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
Just like them, we slept in our clothes and took off as soon as the alarm came. The traps had a high-tech alarm system that sent us a text message as soon as a trap was triggered, so that the bear would not wait for long.
We checked the trap quickly to see if a bear was caught and to estimate its size for the required dosage.
If all worked but the transmitter did not, we would never find the Crittercam in hundreds of square kilometers of land these bears roam. The first bear crossed the entire Sar?kam?s forest and back in 2 days, a distance of over 40 kilometers. National Geographic CritterCam footage is already revealing the bears’ fascinating behavior, and we expect to make other discoveries that would not be possible without the CritterCam. 85% of this sacred forest that has become a graveyard for WWI soldiers is still actively logged and only 15% of the forest is within the national park’s borders.
I had rarely seen him so energized and he spent the whole night awake to help us in the field. It is essential that we understand how bears travel through this landscape and how they move between forest fragments, so that we can improve the design of Turkey’s wildlife corridor  to maximize its benefits to bears and other wildlife. Not only Gabrielle provided seven of the transmitting collars we put on the bears, he also helped us every night in the field and spent most of his days tracking the collared bears. Each of our cell phones got the message and we alternated two-hour watches through the night so the others could sleep and rest. Once, we came soon after dawn to find a cow caught in the trap! Our team spent most of the days resetting the intricate traps, tracking the bears with collars, finding CritterCams, and taking the samples back to Kars, so we were getting quite exhausted towards the end.
He has studied brown bears, wolves, and other wildlife of Croatia for many years and is a trained wildlife vet.
We drove back, got into position quickly and Josip darted the animal with the ease of years of experience. Meanwhile, the documentary crew had to film all this while making sure they interviewed each one of us and got all the necessary shots, so they were also running on fumes. Within a week of his release, he walked nearly 100 km north and back, using the exact route of Turkey’s first wildlife corridor I had proposed to the government in 2008!
Local, impoverished villagers use the timber for construction and firewood, and during our field work we routinely come across horse carts full of stolen wood. Understanding bear behavior is also important and this is where National Geographic’s CritterCams come in. Just like we expected, he spent the daylight hours hidden inside forest fragments, walking across deforested gaps only at night.
This was an important factor in all the bears waking up and heading back to the forest in perfect health, also confirmed by tracking them the next day. The first week was especially productive when we caught five bears in five days and the remaining 12 days produced six bears. If you want all of Sarikamis Forest and its world-class wildlife to be fully protected, please write to Prof. CritterCams enable us to see the world through a bear’s eyes and document their natural behavior. As soon as the sun went down, he started walking to the next forest patch and at dawn, he rushed into the nearest forest cover before it got light and people could spot him.
Rasit Bilgin of Bosporus University, Istanbul, collected scat, hair and blood samples for her Ph.D.
Fortunately for us, the GSM system worked like a charm and we started getting text messages from the bears immediately. His behavior proved that brown bears would use and benefit from Turkey’s first wildlife corridor. The corridor will give them forest cover where they will be able to find shelter, food and a safe place to travel between forest patches. Once everything was finished, we weighed the bear with a scale we had custom-made for this purpose. The government officials are very excited that at least one bear was already using the route of the corridor. Zati Vatansever of Kars’ Kafkas University Veterinary Faculty also helped us with the project and collected bear ticks for his research. We then got into the field vehicles nearby and we waited until the bear woke up and walked away.
Sean Anderson of California State University Channel Islands was an all-around helper and entertainer-in-chief. General Directorates of Forestry and Nature Conservation and National Parks of the Ministry of Forestry and Water facilitated our work in the region.

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