Washington D.C. Premiere
SILENT ROAR: SEARCHING FOR THE SNOW LEOPARD
SILENT ROAR: SEARCHING FOR THE SNOW LEOPARD (USA, 2007, 60 min.)
Washington, D.C. Premiere Only a privileged few have ever seen a snow leopard – the powerful and mysterious predator of the Himalayas. This endangered cat, with its soft grey spotted coat, yard-long furry tail and large paws, inhabits the high mountains just a few thousand meters below Mt. Everest. The only cat that doesn’t roar, the snow leopard, which is equipped with paws that act as snowshoes, can leap 45 feet to bring down prey. Telling the story of this shy creature is one of the last great challenges in wildlife filmmaking. The filmmakers spent three years tracking and filming the snow leopard hunting, courting and even mating, none of which had previously been captured on film. The use of remote, sensor-activated cameras equipped with infrared light allowed stealth, night observation of the cats. With the help of the Snow Leopard Conservancy, the filmmakers were able to capture the first intimate portrait of the world’s most elusive cat. Directed by Hugh Miles and Mitchell Kelly.
Introduced by big cat expert John Seidensticker, Head, Conservation Ecology Center, National Zoological Park. Discussion with two National Zoo/George Mason University Doctoral Fellows: Trisha Dutta and Sandeep Sharma, who have studied snow leopards in India, follows screening.