Entry 288

Mt. Suswa - Life in a Volcano

Volcanoes are temperamental, dangerous and deadly. Not the ideal place for wildlife. But Mt. Suswa in Kenya is a volcano like no other: it hosts a multitude of life both above and below its surface. Underground tunnels were formed thousands of years ago by rivers of lava whose outer layers cooled and solidified while the core continued to flow. Once the fluid lava evacuated itself completely, massive subterranean tubes were left behind. One of these caverns is the “Baboon Parliament” as the local Masai named it. Remarkably, Suswa is the only known place in the world where olive baboons roost in caves. It is an almost unique behaviour among primates that gives us a glimpse over the reasons that drove hominids to find shelter into caves in pre-historic times. Surprisingly so far no film has ever been made exclusively about this natural history wonder.


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Title in EstonianSuswa mägi - vulkaani südames
Original titleMt. Suswa - Im Herzen des Vulkans
Year of Production2019
Running Time (min)51’
Country of ProductionGermany
Language of SubtitlesEstonian
DirectorOliver Goetzl
CinematographyIvo Nörenberg, Giuseppe Bucciarelli, Oliver Goetzl, Alain Lusignan, Lars Pfeiffer
EditingOliver Goetzl
ComposerJörg Magnus Pfeil, Siggi Mueller
ProducerOliver Goetzl, Ivo Nörenberg, Tom Synnatzschke
Producing CompanyGulo Film Productions
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