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Ami Vitale: Wild Hope

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Photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale shares her personal odyssey through the images she captures—from the heartbreaking realities of war to the inspiring power of an individual to make a difference. Her work has taken her to more than 100 countries. She’s lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit—all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.”

Early in her career, Vitale documented the worst conflicts unfolding across the planet–from the war in Kosovo to the conflict between India and Pakistan over the disputed region of Kashmir. More recently, she has turned her lens to wildlife stories, exploring the increasingly complex relationships between humans, wildlife, and this abundant but fragile planet we call home. In China, she was given unprecedented access to document the efforts to breed pandas and release them back into the wild. Her coverage of Kenya’s first Indigenous-owned and run elephant sanctuary earned her World Press Photo recognition in 2018. The October 2019 cover story of National Geographic featured Vitale’s tender image of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, and the heroic efforts of the local people to save a species.

Join Ami Vitale as she shares the incredible images and adventures that have transformed her into a celebrated global storyteller, photographer, and filmmaker.

Wild Hope includes imagery of conflict zones and animal poaching. Viewer discretion is advised.

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ASL Interpretation for Sunday Presentations
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“I realized the second I held a camera in my hands, all of a sudden I felt like Superwoman.  It allowed me to focus on others. It allowed me to drive into incredible situations and explore the world around us.” - Ami Vitale 

"Photography and storytelling is powerful. It really allows us to amplify other people’s voices, and that’s what really drew me in." - Ami Vitale