A film review and an invitation – ‘BEARTREK’, directed by Chris Morgan and Joe Ponticorvo, is coming to London
BEARTREK is an epic feature documentary which is as much a tale of adventure as a conservation story. It follows renowned bear ecologist and conservationist, Chris Morgan, on a journey to find some of the world’s most elusive and endangered bears.
The film spans four continents, with unforgettable footage from the extremes of the bear world – from the ice-bound Arctic to the rainforests of Borneo and the Andes deserts of Peru – and delivers a powerful message about the fate facing these amazing creatures.
The film begins with stunning shots of Alaskan brown bears and takes us straight to the heart of the matter: six of our planet’s eight bear species are endangered, and three are at imminent risk of extinction as a consequence of poaching and intensive farming.
– ANDEAN BEAR, PERU
Chris Morgan then takes us on a (motorbike) ride to Peru to find the enigmatic Andean ‘Spectacled’ bear. He finally spots one scaling a vertical cliff above a huge drop; a truly nail- (or claw-) biting scene! Through a story of habitat loss and survival, we discover a beautiful but rare and desperate species on the brink of extinction.
He then travels to the town of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada – population 900. Majestic polar bears roam the streets waiting for the winter sea ice to return, and we see the real and heart-breaking effects of climate change on this species.
Finally, Chris travels to the rainforest of Borneo to find a Sun bear, the smallest species of bear, whose habitat is being replaced by vast oil palm plantations.
– POLAR BEAR, CANADA
Woven through the story is, however, a message of hope. Whilst we discover the devastating threats facing these bears in the wild, we also meet the dedicated people racing to save them from extinction. Siew Te Wong is one example. An incredible wildlife biologist who has dedicated his life to the protection of Sun bears, he shows us the beauty of some remaining untouched Bornean jungle and introduces us to a rescued cub, Cerah, who is trained by Wong to become an independent, wild bear.
– CHRIS MORGAN AND SIEW TE WONG
We are invited to join the campaign to protect bears and their habitats with the message, ‘By protecting the bears, we protect their forests, but we also protect and conserve everything else within those forests.’ Chris Morgan believes that, if people understand and appreciate bears in all their diversity, they will take action to help them, which will in turn help to safeguard our shared environment. We agree!
Chris and his team were able to return to the featured bear biologists and capture a moving update about the progress that has been made in protecting these bears – the final act of the film.
– THE EUROPEAN NATURE TRUST FILM SCREENING AT BAFTA, MAY 2018
This film is as big and majestic as the bears themselves and is not to be missed. Luckily, you will have the chance to see it on the big screen soon: The European Nature Trust is hosting the UK Premiere of BEARTREK at London’s iconic BFI on 12 September 2018!
ON THE NIGHT
6.00PM – Drinks Reception
– Champagne & cocktails
– Food carts & canapés
– Live music & entertainment!
8.00PM – Screening of BEARTREK
9.30PM – Q&A with Chris Morgan himself, followed by a live auction.
We invite you to join us on 12 September, for a wonderful party, a fantastic film and a chance to make a difference.
Tickets can be purchased here.
All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to help protect the endangered Marsican brown bear of Abruzzo, Italy.