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“Hoch über der Savanne”

Stefan Pannen (Deutschland) - 43 min

Saturday, 15. Nov. 2008 from 08:00 in Congress Graz - Blauer Salon       

Peter Ragg lived an ordinary life as optician in his Austrian home town, until one day he made his dream of flying come true. He bought a Cessna and settled in Africa. Since then, he has had the most incredible adventures in the air: he flew wild animals evacuated from the Serengeti afire, coffins with deceased farmers from Simbabwe, school supplies for Sambian children, vets on their way to treat zebras that had been attacked. He changed his base every couple of months, depending on the orders he got. The film follows the bush pilot on his missions in the Okavango delta in Botswana and provides an insight into a world for the most unknown. The job of a bush pilot has hardly changed since the beginning of aviation. Bush pilots are left to their own devices, maintain their machines without the help of anyone, have to prepare the airstrip themselves and are responsible for themselves if they get involved in armed conflicts.