Selections from the 2008 Wildscreen Festival

Introduced by Deborah Rothberg, Public Programs Coordinator, National Museum of Natural History.

CHINA’S KILLER ZOOS (United Kingdom, 2008, 5 min.)

Sky News Asia Correspondent Peter Sharp reports on China’s zoos, described by campaigners as “insane asylums for animals”. Peter found examples of bears being trained to twirl blazing sticks and ride bicycles as well as animals kept in tiny cages suffering from what one shocked observer called “zoo-chosis.” Most disturbingly, Peter’s team filmed undercover at a wildlife park where defenseless animals are fed live to tigers – dying a slow death in front of delighted visitors. Correspondent Peter Sharp. Camera Andy Portch. Producer Holly Williams. Winner of the News Award.

Shown with RETHINK THE SHARK and THE WHITE WOOD as part of Selections from the 2008 Wildscreen Festival, along with BAMA’S JOURNEY, EYE OF THE LEOPARD, LIFE IN COLD BLOOD – ARMOURED GIANTS, and IRANI WILDLIFE.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE, no reservations needed.

National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium

10th St. & Constitution Ave., NW

(METRO: Smithsonian or Federal Triangle)

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