Denéa Buckingham is an Australian-American filmmaker, explorer, and current student of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Southern Queensland. Denéa’s career goal is to use the storytelling power of filmmaking, together with scientific principles and exploration, to build global empathy that celebrates our cultural differences. Experienced in fieldwork, exploration filmmaking, and fascinated by language, Denéa is a member of ongoing archaeological and anthropological projects working both on land and underwater in Greece with the Bays of East Attica Regional Survey and the Korseai Institute for Historical and Archaeological Research, speleological survey in Mexico with Sistema Huautla, reef conservation in Curaçao, indigenous cultural heritage in Panama with the Darklands Foundation, and is a leader in youth initiatives of The Explorers Club.
Created with the Darklands Foundation in the Bocas del Toro region of Panama, Denéa’s short film ‘Food Sovereignty’ focused on the rainforest-integrated non-invasive agricultural strategies implemented by the Ngäbe-Buglé community during the COVID-19 pandemic and screened at the 2021 World Rainforest Day symposium, receiving international acclaim.
Denéa’s next film project, currently in development, is a documentary film series which investigates how unique linguistic concepts encompass and perpetuate environmental stewardship in indigenous and First Nations cultures.
Recently completed in conjunction with the Lao Elephant Initiative, this short film: ‘Walking Each Other Home’ takes a cinematic look at the shifting paradigm of elephant tourism and conservation in Laos.