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Directed by Chris Johns

Hawai‘i’s native snail species face an emergent threat and are rapidly disappearing. Kāhuli: Hawai‘i’s Last Forest Snails is a cinéma vérité documentary that offers a glimpse into this largely unknown and complex world through the eyes of cultural and scientific experts, each of whom guide us through what stands to be lost if Hawai‘i’s snails go extinct. This urgent story bears unprecedented biological and cultural significance and reminds us that local nature is an embodiment of Hawaiian identity and a precursor to life on these islands. More broadly, this documentary encourages reflection on our relationship with the rapidly changing natural world and shows us that even the smallest species are worth saving.

Directed by Chris Johns
Produced by Tucker Gragg

Director’s Bio: Chris is foremost a scientist with a PHD in Biology. His love for documentary was a result of seeing a need for science communication that pushed creative boundaries and created an emotional connection while also maintaining accuracy and being attuned to the research process. He believes storytelling and documentary filmmaking can shape the public perception of science and raise the profile of important

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