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Worldwide Premiere on NatGeo Wild – 7 May 2017
L’école des singes: Retour dans la jungle du Guatémala (France)
Die Schule der Affen: Überleben im Dschungel Guatemalas (Germany)
Arte, France & Germany: 14 & 15 & 27 December 2016
Years of Production
Hayley Atwell (for National Geographic)
Susanne Grawe (for Arte German – ZDF)
- Best Nature Film: International Green Culture Festival “Green Fest” 2016 (Serbia)
- Best Documentary: Kolkata International Wildlife & Environment Film Festival 2016 (India)
- Best Nature and Natural Science: IFF Ekotopfilm – Envirofilm 2017 (Slovakia)
- Best Cinematography (1st), Best Documentary (2nd) , Best Wildlife & Nature tourism (3rd): Finisterra VI Arrabida Film Art & Tourism Festival (Portugal)
- Best Newcomer Award: International Wildlife Film Festival – Green Screen Naturfilmfestival 2017 (Germany)
- Semi-Finalist “International Feature Narrative Film”: Caribbean Film Festival & Market 2017 (Bahamas)
- Official Selection: AM Egypt Film Festival (Egypt)
- Finalist: Baikal International Festival of Documentary and Popular-Science Films “PEOPLE AND ENVIRONMENT” 2017 (Russia)
- Best Newcomer Award: Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2017 (The Netherlands)
A spider monkey named Infinity was stolen from the forest as a baby. Now it is time for her to take the jungle back. After an 7-year rehabilitation, she is ready to return to the wild. But this time she is not alone. She joins a makeshift group of orphaned monkeys and her newborn baby. Climb into the canopy life of these spider monkeys from a perspective never seen before. Filmmaker Michael Sanderson gained unprecedented access to rehabilitated spider monkeys to follow their intimate struggles and jungle acrobatics. Will mother and child survive their newfound freedom?
About the filmmaker
Michael Sanderson is the author of “Return of the Spider Monkeys” which he has been developing since 2003. A unique and real story that he witnessed in first person. Michael shot, directed, produced, wrote and edited the film single-handedly. He especially learned how to climb trees to find Infinity deep in the Mayan jungle. It is time to reveal what really happened to Infinity after she was released back into the jungle.
Michael Sanderson is a strong advocate against exotic pets and the cuteness curse. His passion and determination for conservation makes him want to show the world what happens to stolen wildlife, destined to become a pet, even when saved. In this film, Michael delves deep into the problems of rehabilitating animals to return to the wild, showing where animals really belong, especially as babies. Do not expect to “want a monkey” after this film.
Assistant Producer/Production Manager/Camera Assistant / Sound Recordist
Ana Luisa Santos
ATELES FILMS ARCHIVE
Hayley Atwell (For National Geographic)
Susanne Grawe (For Arte German-ZDF)
- National Geographic Wild – Australia
- National Geographic Wild – South Africa
- National Geographic Wild – Poland
- National Geographic Wild Spain – El Regreso de la Mona Araña
- National Geographic Wild Russia – Возвращение паукообразных обезъян
- National Geographic Wild France – Mission Critical : le singe-araignée
- National Geographic Wild Germany – Rückkehr der Klammeraffen
Ateles Films would like to clarify that the Credits in the French and German version broadcast on Arte have several mistakes and do not correspond to the actual Credits approved by Ateles Films.
For any details or press release, please contact directly Michael J. Sanderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ana Luisa Santos (email@example.com). Ateles Films is not represented by any other entity.