A rare photo of a snow leopard from northwestern Mongolia in 2014 ignites a Danish-Italian research expedition. A team of researchers travel 8,000 kilometers into the remote national park Silkhem B. to place 50 camera traps to examine how the snow leopard population is doing in the area.
The documentary Ghost of the Mountains follow the expedition on the three-week journey through the national park's icy mountain landscapes in search of snow leopards. The team lives with a small herder-family whose daily lives, the researchers quickly become part of.
The film gives a realistic insight into the aspects of scientific fieldwork and the researchers' efforts to preserve one of the world's most endangered species. It turns out that the situation for the snow leopard is far more critical than first thought, due to increasing domestic animals and humans in the area.
The film gives rise to reflection on the human role and its imprint on nature. If man and nature can't coexist in one of the most desolate places on earth - where then?
Realized as a co-production of the two main partners of the project, MUSE Science Museum and The Natural History Museum of Denmark, the film Ghost of the Mountains narrates
the 2015 expedition and the results of the investigation.
Anders Drud Jordan
Producer, The Natural History Museum of Denmark
Ph.D. degree in Biology from the University of Copenhagen and has worked for various TV production companies on various science-related TV productions, as producer or host. Anders has contributed to several science-related documentaries and worked Science TV Advisor for DG Research under the European Commission.
Anders Obbekjær is a multidiciplinary filmeditor, director and teacher with a passion for documentary film. Lives and work in Copenhagen.
Colorist and musician based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Frederik Wolff Teglhus
Director and Cinematographer,
Natural History Museum of Denmark
Has a MSc in biology and over 10 years of experience in the film and media industry. He started working as a production and camera-assistant on feature films and advertising productions in Copenhagen, but today he works as a cinematographer and director for the Natural History Museum of Denmark with focus on nature filming and scientific communication.
Multi-instrumentalist Jonas Stampe has chosen the snow leopard as his alter-ego; just like the snowleopard, Stampe has roots in Asia, more precisely in Pakistan, and the lithe physique of the snowleopard can also be compared to Stampe´s almost gymnastic ability to switch smoothly between different musical genres. In ’98 he spend one year in India as a sitar-student under Ravi Shankar, and in ’99 he was a part of Ravi Shankars live-group on a tour in the UK
Spokesperson of the MUSE Tropical Biodiversity division, PhD in animal ecology, he is a conservation biology and mammal expert. He has been working in ecology and tropical biodiversity conservation for 15 years, and is an international expert in photo trapping for fauna studies.
Kajsa Munk Wirell
Director and Cinematographer,
Communication Science graduate, Master in Photojournalism at the University of Westminster, she is a freelance photographer and video maker for business, publishing and documentary purposes. She currently works for Prospekt (Milan).
Johan Assing Høyer
A re-recording mixer and sound designer with 17 years of experience in film, TV and music production.
He has previously worked at Sun Studio and Freezone, but now has LYDBROR with his brother Emil Assing Høyer.
Rasmus Gren Havmøller
He is doing a PhD on leopards (Panthera pardus) on the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania, at the boundary between ecology and population genetics, and captured dozens of leopards with the photo traps used in Mongolia.
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