— ABOUT —
A touching "Feature Film" about a Cheetah Mother who never gives up...
Thee great movie about the famous cheetah Maleika and the challenges to care and raise her 6 cubs. This woman and mother accomplishes the incredible!
Producer and Cinematographer:
Matto Barfuss, well-known:
UN-Decade-Ambassador for biological Diversity
Maleika Film GmbH, Germany
Cinema Start in Germany, Switzerland, Austria:
12th October 2017
4th October 2017, Zoopalast in Berlin
Filmed with RED Epic in 4K and 5K high-frequency,
with revolutionary Dolby Atmos audio(!)
The Story in short:
Matto Barfuss met the cheetah, ‘Diana’, and her 5 cubs in the Serengeti in 1996. He became part of the family and for months, lived among them on his hands and knees from 1996 until 2002. In 2013, just North of the Serengeti, he came across another cheetah, ‘Maleika’. Convinced that Maleika is the great-grand-daughter of Diana, Matto made the decision to share the story of this incredible cheetah.
In 2014 Maleika gives birth to sensational 6 babies on one of the most beautiful plains of the earth, the Masai Mara. With that one of the most touching and incredible stories nature ever told come up. It‘s a story about deep love, the sorrows of a mother, misery and of letting go.... but with a "Happy End"...
"If I had written a screenplay, I couldn‘t have done it more beautiful and dramatic", Matto Barfuss confesses.
The movie is captivating entertainment in the "style of Disney" for the whole family. One will be thrilled, one will be deeply touched, one will learn that it is no option ever to give up.
The production was made in the wild without any harm to animals and nature. It is an entirely sustainable production.
— GALLERY —
Visual artist and first prize of an international art contest
From fourteen onwards
First own exhibition, more art awards, later the famous UNESCO photo award
"RockART" the artistical critical view on the society and their treatment of the environment
Art work "Barefoot-Crossing of the Alps" - performance art for the protection and preservation of the Alps. Matto crossed barefoot via rock and snow the Alps. After 270 kilometers and a after 20 days he reached the final destination in Italy. Matto utilized no civil structures and carried all his food and his sleeping-bag on his own. As artist he compared the destruction of his feet with the erosion in the Alps.
Launched his Publishing House and published various art-prints and calenders of rock-heroes of the sixties
Opening of Europe‘s first Music-Art-Gallery
From 1992 on
"Animal Revolt" - new period of artworks and performance art
More than 66 excursions to Africa, numerous reportages for famous magazines worldwide (STERN, Mui Interessante, Terra Sauvage, GEO...)
Matto stays since then for at least 6 month per year in the African bush.
For 25 weeks
Accepted member in a wild cheetah family in the Serengeti. He lives on his hands and knees as "human cheetah" among the big cats. He shares their social behavior and the whole daily routine... is unique projects makes Matto Barfuss well-known worldwide...
Publishes the bestseller picture-book "I was a Cheetah", published in 8 different languages so far...
Founder and President of the non-profit organization "Live for Cheetahs"
Film-production in the Serengeti for the film "The Cheetahman"
Books "Cheetahland", "Secret Africa" and more expeditions
Official Representative of his Country
Opening of his own Art-House of the Big Cats in Rheinau/Germany
Initiator of the international art and culture project "Painting for Cheetahs" under the patron ship of the Namibian President and the German Minister-president
Creation of the international Art-Icon "G" as a symbol for global responsibility
First Relocation of Cheetahs in Namibia
Production and Broadcasting of a great TV-Special by ZDF and art
"Ambassador of the Mountains" in the international year of the mountain-ranges of the UN
Initiator and creator of a joint-venture project according to the slogan "Culture meets Economy"
Founder of the international Programme "Education for Conservation" - Matto created and published a wildlife-schoolbook for children in Africa. More than 50.000 books were printed and freely distributed. yet..
Start of the on-going documentation of all the existing Mountain-Gorilla families in Uganda, Rwanda and the DR Congo...
Autobiography "on Quest for the Paradise" , published in Germany, China, Korea and Czech Rep,
First creation of a so called "Cheetah wine" according to the slogan "Support and Enjoy". Since then Matto created regularly his own wine to fund his Programme "Education for Conservation".
First edition of his own annual Wildlife- and Art-magazine Magazin "G"
First Expedition in the DR Congo and since then numerous film TV-reports about the gorillas
The picture-Book "Barfuss among Mountain-Gorillas" is published in Germany, then Czech Rep.
Long expeditions in the DR Congo and conclusion of the film-production for the film "Gorilla-Fever", more books
Launch of the long-term film-documentary "... with Lions through Africa"
Founding of the "Gorilla-Aid-Fund" and active support of the rangers in the gorilla-areas in DR Congo
Premiere of the documentation-project "... with Lions through Africa" as Live-Multivisionshow Premiere of the film "The Future of the Gorillas" in Swiss TV.
Picture-book " ... with Lions through Africa", Start of the film-production "Spotted Hunters" and "The forgotten Lions of the Bushmanland"
The Project "...with Lions through Africa became international
Appointment by the German Minister for Environment to the UN-Decade-Ambassador for biological Diversity Book and Film "The Cheetahs of the Kalahari"
Matto creates the Art-House "Planet Go" and lays the foundation for the implementation in 2014
Matto Barfuss starts his film-production in 5K for two long-term Cinema-Productions in Africa. The Film "The Wild Dogs of the Kalahari" was finalized after a six year production period
Matto launches the Planet-Go Cinema-Film production and Internet-TV
Matto continues the long-term study about cheetahs and lions in the Kalahari
Over months he films for his great cinema-production "Cats of Mara" in Kenya
Opening of an office in Maun/Botswana and distribution of 20.000 wildlife-schoolbooks in the Kalahari
Continuing the production of the cinema movie about Maleika with 3 more productions on location in Africa Filming in the Kalahari in 5K for a new cinema movie
Launch of the Go wild Botswana Trust in Botswana
Finalizing the cinema film in the Masai Mara and 3 more productions in the Kalahari
—GREEN BELT BOTSWANA—
Powered by Maleika
The cinema film "Maleika" supports the initiative "Green Belt Botswana". Matto Barfuss launched 1998 the non-profit organization "Leben für Geparden / Life for Cheetahs" in Germany and 2015 the "Go wild Botswana Trust" in Botswana.
The Tropic of Capricorn extends for a distance of 500 km through the South of Botswana coined by austerity and bleakness. Humans and animals there are experts in survival.
"Green Belt Botswana" will plant a line of arid-resistant trees over a period of 10 years.
This kind of landscape art will be revived by a wildlife-education program, aid against
"human wildlife conflicts" and programs for the san people to integrate them in sustainable tourism.
Of course, the focus is on Maleika‘s fellows as well.
The area is also the venue of another great cinema project of Matto Barfuss.
The initiative will be managed by the "Go wild Botswana Trust" in close collaboration with
"Leben für Geparden e.V.", Achertalstr. 13, D-77866 Rheinau, www.geparden.de, Phone +49 7844 911 456
Maleika Film GmbH
Maleika Film GmbH
Managing Director: Matto Barfuss
phone +49 7844 911 456
D-77866 Rheinau, Germany