Washington D.C. Premiere
EDGE OF EDEN: LIVING WITH GRIZZLIES
EDGE OF EDEN: LIVING WITH GRIZZLIES (Canada, 2006, 89 min.)
Washington, D.C. Premiere While the grizzly bear is considered by many to be the most dangerous animal in the world, Canadian conservationist and bear expert Charlie Russell believes that grizzlies are misunderstood animals and that our fear of them is driving them to extinction. For more than 10 years Russell has been raising orphaned grizzly bear cubs in the wilderness of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula and releasing them into the last remaining grizzly bear sanctuary in the world. The film follows Russell as he rescues two orphaned cubs from a zoo where they are soon to be killed and takes them to his cabin in the sanctuary. During one season, he has to teach them everything they need to know to survive in the wild: the lay of the land, what plants to eat, how to catch fish and how to escape from predatory male bears. Extraordinary scenes show Russell encountering adult grizzlies and holding his ground while protecting his charges. Acting as a surrogate parent to bear cubs, Russell believes that grizzlies are not fearsome, aggressive killers and that humans and bears can peacefully and safely share our earth. Directed and produced by Jeff and Sue Turner. Best of Festival, 2007 Mountainfilm in Telluride.
Introduced by Jason Tolland, Counsellor and Head of Section, Environment and Energy, Embassy of Canada. Discussion with filmmakers Jeff and Sue Turner.
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