A Tiger in My Backyard| 27mins
Director: Elizabeth Watson | Producer: Elizabeth Watson
Focus Years: 2013 | Country: Sweden
There are places in India where people and tigers share the same space. And when tigers and people meet, sometimes things go terribly wrong.
We meet those who have had an encounter with a tiger. Most of them don’t want the tigers killed, but they don’t want to be eaten either. As the village head, Chandan Ram says,
‘Of course, if the tiger respects us, then we can live together.’
Humans are not the natural prey for a tiger, but injury or old age can turn a tiger into a man-eater. Jhumpa Devi is too scared to go into the jungle after a tiger played cat-and-mouse with her. Pooran Chand was talking on his phone when a tiger attacked him. Nandi Devi’s six children were left without a mother.
Every day, tigers lose more of their habitat and are poisoned and hunted. One hundred years ago there were forty-thousand tigers spread all over India, today there are less than two-thousand and they are limited to isolated islands of reserves. To survive they need to move between the reserves to breed. The problem is villages are in the way.
Sunderkhal is such a village. Five people were killed in eleven weeks, before a tiger was eventually shot. The villagers are dependent on the jungle for their survival, but every journey involves a risk. It is a matter of time before a tiger strikes again. It seems like an almost impossible situation, but there are solutions and they are surprisingly simple.
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