RADICAL MEDIA/DISCOVERY CHANNEL DIRECTOR: ROSS KAUFFMAN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: FISHER STEVENS EDITOR: KEIKO DEGUCHI ADDITIONAL EDITOR: HYPATIA PORTER
Academy® Award-winners Ross Kauffman (“Born into Brothels”) and Fisher Stevens (“The Cove”) team up for Discovery’s feature documentary TIGERLAND, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2019.
In the span of only a handful of generations, the tiger has been transformed from a venerated creature with a role in our cultural consciousness into a major source of revenue – and the population of wild tigers in Asia has dropped from over 100,000 to less than 4,000. TIGERLAND illustrates how shifting political realities in Russia and India created a lucrative poaching underworld that decimated the tiger population.
In the face of corruption and cultural apathy, Russian scientist Pavel Fomenko and the conservationist family of Kailash Sankhala of India lead inspirational tiger-preservation movements to keep the legendary animal from disappearing entirely. Combining vérité, archival material, and breathtaking landscapes, director Ross Kauffman captures Fomenko’s contagious passion as we go into his wildlife sanctuary and witness his deep connection to the tigers. Meanwhile, the Sankhala family inspires others to fight for the tiger’s survival through literature and tourism. While examining the systems that allowed the tiger’s near extermination, TIGERLAND is a stirring yet troubling portrait of our relationship to nature in the Anthropocene age.