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Ross Kauffman’s “Tigerland” gets late March debut on Discovery

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ross Kauffman’s feature-length documentary Tigerland will enjoy its television broadcast premiere across American pay-TV network Discovery Channel later this month. As previously announced, the 91-minute conservation film exposes the stories of ...
March 15, 2019

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ross Kauffman’s feature-length documentary Tigerland will enjoy its television broadcast premiere across American pay-TV network Discovery Channel later this month.

As previously announced, the 91-minute conservation film exposes the stories of two activists, born a generation apart, that dedicated their lives to altering the fate of the tiger. The film is produced by RadicalMedia in association with Fictionless and Bloomfish Media.

Half a century ago, Kailash Sankhala, often referred to as “Tiger Man,” sounded a clarion call to raise global awareness about the dwindling numbers of tigers in and around his native India. Fifty years later, Pavel Fomenko has been working with the World Wildlife Fund in Russia to save the Siberian tiger’s numbers from dwindling in the Russian Far East due to a rise in illegal poaching since the USSR broke apart.

Tigerland, which held its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, revisits the story of Sankhala through the eyes of his conservationist grandson Amit and teenage great-grandson Jai Bhati who have taken up the family’s mission to save the species from extinction. The film also documents the efforts of Fomenko and his team at the World Wildlife Fund in Russia as they embark on missions to humanely capture, tag and release tigers that roam from their protected areas, to better guard the species and grow their population.

The doc is produced by Xan Parker, Zara Duffy and Oscar winner Fisher Stevens. Executive producers include Dave Sirulnick, Jon Kamen, Justin Wilkes and John Hoffman alongside Discovery’s Jon Bardin.

Tigerland premieres March 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery, and will be made available early via Discovery Go beginning March 23.

The film serves as part of Discovery and World Wildlife Fund’s Project C.A.T. initiative, a global effort to double the population of tigers living in the wild by 2022.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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