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Director ELIZABETH UNGER (United States 2021) 93 min
With less than 20,000 jaguars living in the wild globally, filmmaker Elizabeth Unger exposes the illegal trade of jaguar teeth between Bolivia and China. In this harrowing eco-thriller, Unger follows Marcos Uzquiano, veteran forest ranger and Director of Bolivia’s Madidi National Park, who works tirelessly to protect the dwindling jaguar population. Marcos investigates the supply side of the illegal trade, tracking hunters and conducting undercover operations to identify buyers and sellers. Meanwhile, Hong Kong journalist Laurel Chor examines the deep-seated cultural reasons and misconceptions behind the rising demand for jaguar teeth in China. Only by seeing both sides of the story can we begin to understand why these beautiful and irreplaceable creatures are under threat.
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ELIZABETH UNGER is a National Geographic Explorer and filmmaker whose work has been featured in National Geographic Magazine. A passion for wildlife and cuisine has led Elizabeth across seven continents, steeping her in rich anthropological experiences that have shaped her into the storyteller she is today. Elizabeth holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and has worked as a PhD research assistant for big cat and primate projects across Latin America.
Elizabeth was selected as one of five North American Regional Finalists for the prestigious UN Young Champion of the Earth Prize and is a Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Grantee for her feature debut, Tigre Gente. The film took her six years to complete and she recently celebrated its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2021.
|RUNNING TIME:||93 min|
|LANGUAGES:||Cantonese, English, Spanish, Mandarin (with English subtitles)|
|PRODUCERS:||Elizabeth Unger, Joanna Natasegara
Executive Producer: Kate Brooks, Marjon Javadi, Violet Feng, Minah Worley
|EDITORS:||Jill Schweitzer, Alistair Shurman|
|NOTE WRITER:||Kris Chesson|