THE MOZAMBICAN QUEST FOR THE UNKNOWN A film-documentary about a scientific expedition into the rainforests of Mozambique.
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Due to unforeseen circumstances the expedition had to be postponed. All details are explained on the website here. Any question feel free to get in touch. Thank you.

The Project

On our planet, there are still places where the unknown is real and tangible, where no one has gone before and species as yet unnamed roam. They are the montane rainforests of northern Mozambique, part of the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot of Biodiversity, pristine and magnificent, that have endured for over 30 million years. Imagine three scientists slowly moving on the ground of a forest that existed long before man came along on the planet. Imagine the endeavour looking for new species of snakes, chameleons, frogs that no one has seen before, while opening a path between ferns and shrubs as tall as a man and a canopy that reaches 50 m high. Imagine the silence of dawn and waiting, the anxiety and the joy for a new discovery. 

It will be 6 weeks of fieldwork into the forest of Ribauè, Injese and Mecula, the 3 mountains yet to be biologically fully explored.

Imagine a film crew going along, recording everything and working on making a documentary of this journey.

You will see one of the last explorations ever.

The expedition is promoted by the MUSE- The Science Museum of Trento, in Italy, the Institute of Biogeography of the University of Basel, and SANBI, with the support of the National Geographic. The documentary is a Prospekt Agency production.

The Impact

What we are embarking on feels extraordinary. We will document a scientific expedition in an area of the planet that is still biologically almost unknown, and give you the chance of experiencing that adventure and the privilege of discovery.

The scientific aim of the program is to define the biological importance of the Mozambican part of the Eastern Afromontane, to identify species unique to the area (and the experience tells that many them are probably new to science) and to assess their evolutionary relationships with those inhabiting the other forests of Africa.

Thanks to you we will be able to film all of this, to produce an independent movie, which will not try to sell you the Indiana Jones or Lara Croft type of experience, but will rather look at and question men and women who set off on explorations for real reasons.

It will be tough and wonderful at the same time, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we want you to live it with us.

What We Need & What You Get

The mission has funds from scientific institution such as National Geographic Society, the Museum of Science of Trento in Italy. The scientists involved bring to the project funds granted by the universities and institutions they collaborate with. The film crew is getting ready to set off in this amazing journey, but as you can imagine the costs of such a project are high. Here is a breakdown of the budget, so you can get an idea of where the money goes and of what you are actually helping in creating. 

With 30.000$ we will cover: One-way plane tickets / Car / Local staff / Food / Raw equipment / Insurances for 4 people: 2 film-makers, 1 audio-recordist, 1 assistant, for a 8 weeks of mission (as you can see we are still not sure about the return tickets...)

With 60.000$ we will cover: All the above PLUS Return tickets (!!!) / One more camera man/woman / One scientific author (and all the above for them too of course) 

With 88.055,5$ we will cover: all the above PLUS post-production of the film (editing, sound design, colour correction, graphics) + Presentation and distribution at festivals within the next 6 months (June 2014).

If we manage to stretch our goal to 110.000$ we would like to do all the above but also a multi-language WebDocumentary, which will be an educational tool for diffusing the scientific exploration story and results.

And if we get to at least 150.000$ we will do all the above and also kick-off and support a local conservancy project, in collaboration with local communities and Ngo’s (more news will follow)We realize this is ambitious, but why not? 

Check the perks we offer, great choice in there. Having said this, we understand if you can’t contribute and you are not just money. 

You can also help by SPREADING THE WORD with your friends and colleagues;  Indiegogo makes it easy to support this campaign through the internet, you just need to click on the social media icons on this page. Share, twit, blog it, the more people that are aware of the film the better, don't be shy!

If anyone would like to contact us via email to help support the film or just to say "hello" you can reach us at and

Risk and Challenges

The project is ambitious and adventurous. Some things could potentially go wrong and unforeseen circumstances could get on the way. We will do our best in order to make it all smooth and sweet, but be aware that something may change as we go along, we are dealing with nature...! Nothing major, for instance estimated dates for perks delivery may be postponed. However, be assured we will keep our word and stick to the plan no matter what, we will keep you informed and up-to-date as the project unfolds and we are here to answer any doubts or thought. You can write to


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  • $5USD

    A big, enthusiastic, non-sarcastic thank you shout across the web. Your name will go on the supporters section of the website, because no amount is too little.

    17 claimed
  • $15USD

    Digital wallpaper with an original photo motion of animals and forests, directly from the Mozambican mission. + Thank you shout out

    11 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $25USD

    High definition digital download of the film, made just for you and delivered straight to your email. + Thank you shout out

    27 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $40USD

    We really appreciate your effort and for that reason we not only pack up in a unique goodies box all the above (Thank you shout out + Forest on your desk + Digital download) but also add a RINGTONE with ORIGINAL RAINFOREST SOUNDS (may be the new frog!)

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $50USD

    You will choose the "ID Number" (a string of letters and numbers) of a DNA sequence of a species encountered during the expedition and deposited in GenBank. No need to say that this ID will last FOREVER! + Thank You Shout Out

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    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $50USD

    For the ones who believe in the magic of Nature: a special surprise box with the spirit of the forest inside. + Thank You Shout Out

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  • $50USD

    A very cool and very trendy trucker hat with Sky Islands logo on the front foam section of the cap. + Thank You Shout Out

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  • $60USD

    A limited edition DVD with hand-written dedication from the crew and the scientists and special behind the scene content. + Forest on your desk + Thank you shout out

    19 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $100USD

    You are now part of the crew and your name (with spacial thanks) will appear in the END CREDITS ! + Thank You Shout Out + Forest On Your Desk + Digital Download

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  • $150USD

    FINE ART PRINT of an image taken during the trip, 20x30 cm, limited edition of 30, signed on the back, Hahnemühle archival paper. A little treat for your wall! + Thank You Shout Out + Forest On Your Desk + Digital Download

    3 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $250USD

    FINE ART PRINT of an image taken during the trip, 50x70 cm, limited edition of 20, signed on the back, Hahnemühle archival paper. A bigger treat for your wall! + Thank You Shout Out + Forest On Your Desk + Digital Download

    3 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $300USD

    Meet the scientists for a guided visit at the MUSE - The Science Museum of Trento in Italy, and have lunch with them. Travel is NOT included. Dates to be arranged. + Thank You Shout Out + Forest On Your Desk + Digital Download

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  • $300USD

    1 day masterclass in PHOTOGRAPHY or FILM EDITING. You can choose Photojournalism at Prospekt, or Nature Photography with one of our scientists. Otherwise, you could choose to spend 1 day and evening with film-makers Chiaravalloti and Pellecchia while they are editing the film. Get a glimpse behind the scene! Travel is NOT included. Dates to be arranged. Please contact us to let us know what option you prefer. +Thank You Shout Out +Forest on your desk +Digital Download

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  • $500USD

    A limited edition hand made book, with a collection of images, field notes and tales from the expedition camp. + Thank You Shout Out + Forest On Your Desk + Digital Download

    2 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $3,000USD

    WOW, this really makes a difference for the film, you become part of this movie-making club from start to end. Your name will appear in the OPENING CREDITS as CO-PRODUCER and we will also send you a special SkyIslands brooch, the ringtone with original rainforest sounds for your mobile + Thank You Shout Out + Forest on Your Desk + Digital Download

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  • $15,000USD

    Ok, this is it! You will have the privilege of naming a species NEW TO SCIENCE after yourself or to dedicate it to someone. This name will n e v e r change, it really is a deal with and for Eternity! Imagine what an incredible gift it would make!! + All the digital perks (Thank You Shout Out+Forest On Your Desk+Forest Ringtone+Digital Download)

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