Private Project

The Flying Gold of Arabuko

The Flying Gold of Arabuko is the literal and living story of ‘the butterfly effect’. It follows the practise of butterfly catchers and famers in Kenya and how it has become an unlikely saviour of the last and largest indigenous forest of the East African Coast. It is told through the perspective of an ex-illegal logger and poacher, Charo Ngumbao. Like many others in the area, he has left his past exploitative livelihood behind and discovered the benefits of forest conservation through sustainably farming butterflies to supply tropical butterfly houses around the world.

  • John Davies
  • John Davies
  • John Davies
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    1,700 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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  • Language:
    English, Swahili
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, FS7 Mk ii
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Director Biography - John Davies

John’s background in fine art and design lead him into the production/film industry initially as an art director and then into visual research and script development. From this point he spent several years working in creative development with digital, creative and production agencies around the world on a wide range of projects from feature films and TV series to documentary, music video and commercial. In the past 2 years focus has been drawn to his personal directorial work and interests.

John is currently studying for an MA at the National Film and Television School, specialising in Directing/Producing Science & Natural History, with a strong interest in conservation and environmental activism.

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