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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 one hundred thousand to less than four thousand. 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.

YEAR 2018

CATEGORY U.S. Documentary Competition

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 91 min

LANGUAGE English and Russian/Hindi

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Discovery

EMAIL jon_bardin@discovery.com

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Artist Bio

Ross Kauffman

Ross Kauffman is the Academy Award–winning director of the documentary Born into Brothels. His professional accomplishments as a director, producer, cinematographer, and editor span almost 30 years. In 2014, Kauffman co-directed E-Team, a documentary which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and garnered a U.S. Documentary Cinematography Award. Kauffman recently completed his first scripted short film, Boy Boy Girl Girl, starring Katie Holmes.