Janson Media executives were in attendance this evening at the premiere of Richard Bangs’ latest adventure film, Assam India: Quest for the One-Horned Rhinoceros, held at the historic Explorers Club in New York City. Avinash Kohli of the Explorers Club, known for his pioneering attempts in launching new adventure tour concepts, had been instrumental in persuading Richard Bangs to document the success story of wildlife conservation in the Indian state of Assam. Finally, the dream became a reality with financial assistance from the Assam government, specifically the Honorable Chief Minister, Shri Tarun Gogoi, who extended his full support to the project. After a great deal of planning and coordination with the Assam authorities, Bangs and Kohli completed this beautiful film in record time.
Assam India: Quest for the One-Horned Rhinoceros finds modern explorer Richard Bangs traveling in a remote state on the northeastern region of India called Assam. In the far, far reaches of India; in the shadow of the Himalayas; along the misty banks of the Brahmaputra River glides a gray blur that almost became a ghost — the one-horned rhinoceros. It’s a rare species that a hundred years ago nearly vanished from the face of the earth. What kept the rhino from falling into the chasm of extinction? What can its story teach us about our world today; about saving precious wildlife, and, for that matter, all living things?
Bang’s quest is to find what the one-horned rhino means to the people of Assam, and why it flourishes here as in no other place. He begins in Manas National Park, travels to villages near Guwahati, Assam’s largest city, visits Majuli Island, and ends his quest in Kaziranga National Park.
Filmed in gorgeous High-Definition, Assam India: Quest for the One-Horned Rhinoceros was produced by Seattle-based Small World Productions, and is now available to international television, VOD, non-theatric, and DVD/video markets, exclusively through Janson Media.
The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. Since its inception in 1904, the Club has served as a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide. The Explorers Club headquarters are located at 46 East 70th Street in New York City.