4th DMZ Docs(2012)
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One of the world’s leading tiger cameramen travels through India on a personal pilgrimage, piecing together the extraordinary journey of Broken Tail. Irish Cameraman Colin Stafford Johnson spent almost 600 days ﬁlming Broken Tail & his family for some of the ﬁnest tiger documentaries ever made. Broken Tail was the most charismatic tiger cub he’d ever seen in Ranthambhore, one of India’s premier wild tiger reserves. Impossibly cute, he gamboled and posed for Colin’s camera through the ﬁrst years of his life. But then without warning, Broken Tail disappeared. He abandoned his sanctuary and went on the run, disappearing into the wilds of rural India for almost a year. He was barely three years old. Why did this young tiger leave Ranthambhore National Park, supposedly one of India’s best-protected tiger reserves? How could he have survived in rural India for so long? What does his death reveal about the fate of the world’s last tigers? On a spectacular odyssey across Rajasthan, Colin travels by horseback retracing Broken Tail’s last journey, gathering clues as to his route and behaviour, exploring why he abandoned his home and above all – revealing important truths about India’s last wild tigers.
In the last fourteen years, John Murray has directed over 30 films for major channels and has won numerous national and international awards. Working with a wide range of Irish and international broadcasters, their ﬁlms have broadcast in over 150 countries. Broken Tail (2010)
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