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.