Saving Salma

In the fall of 2019, I was sent a dropbox folder containing twelve photographs and a fifteen-minute 240p vertical video. My mission was simple: use this footage to tell the story of a heroic effort to save a baby elephant that was trapped by a snare in Sumatra. One Skype interview and a week of editing later, the story of Salma’s rescue was ready to be shared.

  • James Robinson
    Director
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 16, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Indonesia
  • Language:
    English
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • EarthxFilm
    Virtual
    United States
    April 27, 2020
    World Premiere
Director Biography - James Robinson

James Robinson is currently a senior at Duke, where he is majoring in Environmental Science and Documentary Studies. His environmental films range from documenting sooty terns in the Dry Tortugas to land loss in Louisiana. He enjoys all stages of his filmmaking and has learned to embrace the process—the shoot, the edit, the headaches, the challenges, the closeness, the silence, and the shared vulnerability that meets at the camera’s lens.

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