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Real Daktari, The (Daktari - Die wahre Geschichte)

Real Daktari, The
Scene from "The Real Daktari" (photo © Lombardo Films)

This documentary tells the unique story of Dr. Sue Hart, the first female wildlife vet in Africa doing extraordinary pioneering work by operating on wild animals in the bush under the post primitive of conditions.

The world-famous US television series Daktari, featuring veterinarian Marsh Tracy and the cross-eyed lion Clarence, is well-known all over the world. Sue Hart's life was the role model behind the successful series, but this was only Hollywood.

The Real Daktari is a true story about a strong and determined female vet. There are hidden depths to this remarkable woman: her vision and compassion, her philosophy and teaching, her caring and humanity, her creation of the "Ecolink" for conservation, education and humanitarian causes, her romance and hte love of nature. When Sue speaks, people listen! But who will care when she is no longer with us? Who will carry her great legacy forward?

Lara Juliette Sanders studied Communication Science and Business Management at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. After working as a journalist for various German newspapers, she then began working for the audio-visual press as a radio presenter, producer, television presenter and director. Her films include: the award-winning Celebration of Flight (documentary, 2007) and The Real Daktari (Daktari – Die wahre Geschichte, documentary, 2008). She is currently working on her first feature film based on her book Up and Away.

Regina Goetze was born in 1967 and studied Drama, Film and Television, German Literature and Communication Studies in Munich. She began working as an assistant director after her studies and made her directorial debut in 1993 with the award-winning Entlarvt. Her other films include: Diamonds in the Rough, Fast Like the Wind, Mai Girls and numerous documentary shorts for public broadcasters.
Genre Adventure
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2008
Directors Lara Juliette Sanders, Regina Goetze
Screenplay Lara Juliette Sanders
Cinematography Hans-Albrecht Lusznat, Peter Karl
Melania Singer
Didier Delia
Producers Lara Juliette Sanders, Olivier Lombardo
Production Company Lombardo Films/Munich
Length 51 min
Format color
Original Version
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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