In the early nineties, Robert Oelman makes a radical move: he leaves his psychology career to pursue photography and moves from the United States to Colombia, purchasing a small farm in the hills. On his journeys through the rainforests of the Amazon Basin, he discovers a new and idiosyncratic passion: taking striking images of undiscovered insects. After more than twenty years of traveling, searching, and photographing, his quest culminates in a New York City gallery show. Along the way he learns just how vital these tiny life forms are to the continued existence for all animal species – including humankind.


Directed by Jake Oelman. Produced by Jerry Aronson and Jake Oelman.

Learning to See

2016 US 67 min
Festival Year: 2016
Types: Documentary
Topic: Parks and Protected Areas, Wildlife