Vamizi - Cradle of Coral

Vamizi is the largest island in the Quirimbas Archipelago. Its relative isolation from mainland Mozambique has preserved its natural beauty and wildlife. It has magnificent coral reefs and is a unique breeding ground for whales, dolphins, turtles and sharks. This reef is also the only place in East Africa where "mass spawning" has been observed among corals, which means they are healthy and help other corals, near and far, to reproduce and grow as well as stabilize the ecosystems around it. This fragile realm is however under threat. We follow a team of scientists from around the world who fight to stop the damage before it starts, accompanied by stunning imagery from renowned National Geographic photographer Mattias Klum.

  • Mattias Klum
    The Coral Eden, The Contemplator, The Testament of Tebaran, The Brittle Thread
  • Maryanne Culpepper
    American Weed, Border Wars, 9/11: Where Were You?, Earth Overhaul, National Geographic Explorer, Naked Science, Expedition Week, Ultimate Factories, Prison Women, Break It Down, Nature Untamed , Great Migrations , Dangerous Encounters , World's Toughest Fixes , Nat Geo's Most Amazing Photos , America's Wild Spaces, DogTown , Nature , Rescue Ink Unleashed , Inside , Man-Made , How to Build a Better Being , Undercover History , The Dinosaur Mummy , Stonehenge: Decoded , Inside Operation Wildfire , Prehistoric Predators , Deadly Dozen: Amazon, National Geographic: Dino Death Trap .....
  • William Winram
    Key Cast
    IUCN Oceans Ambassador, World Record Freediver
  • Mattias Klum
    The Coral Eden, The Contemplator, The Testament of Tebaran, The Brittle Thread, Soot
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    Nature, conservation, ocean, oceans, science
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    52 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 20, 2016
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    RED Epic, Red One, GoPro
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    Country: France
    Rights: Free TV
    Country: Germany
    Rights: Free TV
Director Biography - Mattias Klum

Mattias Klum was born in Uppsala, Sweden in 1968 and started taking pictures in his teens. He has worked full-time as a freelance photographer since 1986, and as a cinematographer and director on numerous film and television projects since 1994. In an artistic way that is entirely his own, Klum describes and portrays animals, plants and natural and cultural settings in the form of articles, books, films, lectures and exhibitions.

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Director Statement

”Mattias Klum is one of the most important natural history photographers of our time.” - National Geographic