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Film Screening: “Broken Trail”
In 2018, under the auspices of the UN, World Wildlife Day on March 3 was celebrated under the theme “Big Cats: Predators Under Threat”. American Center Moscow invites you to a film showing “Broken Tail“, finalist of the Big Cats Film Sowcase organized by Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (JHWFF).
Broken Tail: A Tiger’s Last Journey uses the story of one tiger and its long journey in northern India to illustrate the many challenges that the entire species faces in its struggle to survive. It reveals how the loss of habitat to encroaching human populations and economic development has threatened tiger populations, but also how effective action by local governments can help restore the conditions that allow tigers to thrive.
The tiger known as “Broken Tail” was born in Ranthambhore National Park in northern India – a vast, natural reserve for a wide variety of Indian wildlife, but especially famous for its Bengal tigers. Wildlife filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson and local guide, Salim Ali, spent over 600 days following and filming Broken Tail and his family. Then, one day, Broken Tail simply disappeared. A year later, Johnson and Ali heard news that Broken Tail was killed by a train in Darra, 100 miles away from Ranthambhore. How did Broken Tail travel so far away from home? Why did he leave in the first place? Stafford-Johnson and Ali set off on horseback, tracing Broken Tail’s last journey, looking for answers. Talking to poachers and interviewing eyewitnesses, the duo travel across India, learning some surprising facts from this remarkable tiger’s passage, and hoping they will help in the conservation of this endangered species.
Photo by Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival