The authorities call upon the services of Yuri Trush, a specialist in tracking and eliminating tigers that have lost their fear of man.
‘Conflict Tiger’ takes Yuri’s most notorious pursuit of a ‘man-eating’ tiger as the basis for a documentary thriller.
From the aftermath of this epic confrontation, 'Conflict Tiger' emerges as a parable which challenges the cosy illusions of the traditional ‘big cat’ natural history by setting the animal’s precarious situation against the pressing needs of human survival.
I wanted to make a film about the situation of people living in remote forested communities along Russia’s border with China who have lost so much since the collapse of communism. I was researching tigers as a means of communicating their predicament to a wide audience when I came across this small but epic story.
It unfolds with the dramatic tension of a thriller but the ‘conflict’ resolves as a parable which speaks emotively of the shared destiny of man and animal.
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