THE TIGER WHO CROSSED THE LINE (Kriti Film Club specials @IHC)/ 12th May 2017



45mins/English with subtitles/2016

12th May 2017
7 PM
Gulmohar Hall,
India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

As the world sleeps, in the dead of night, ghost like figures of big cats roam the fringes of the villages and the cities. They are the tigers who live OUTSIDE the tiger reserves. And they are in trouble.
While some of the tiger reserves are now safe heaven for the tigers, the outsides are the minefields. The rising population inside many reserves has had a paradoxical effect. The excess tigers have spilled out of the reserves into the adjoining forested lands. With increasing development pressures on the forest corridors outside, the spilling out tigers are coming into constant conflict with humans with alarming consequences for both. The myopic vision of the tiger planers in India has begun to bite back.

The director traversed India, in search of these beleaguered tigers. Made over 4 years, the film reports from distant corners of India, the mangroves of Sunderbans, the sugarcane fields of Pilibhit, the forests villages of Ramnagar, North India and the conflict zones of Chandrapur, straddling Tadoba Andhari Tiger reserve, the now most famous tiger park of India. The film also travels through the beautiful Western Ghats and the tiger corridors of central India, to capture the contrasting policy impacts on the tigers outside. In his travels, Krishnendu meets forest officers, villagers and scientists and all pointing at the criticality of creating and protecting spaces for the outside tigers. Using, infrared night vision cameras and compelling found footage, the film brings some never seen images of tigers and leopards living on the edge of their habitat. The future holds anxiety and suspense for these tigers. They maybe headed for a long struggle.

The film has received a National Award 2017 in the Environment category.

The film will be followed by a discussion with the film maker Krishnendu Bose.
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