Tiger 24 Film Review


Warren Pereira’s excellent documentary Tiger 24 allows for very awkward questions. Without neglecting the ecological aspect of the production itself, the director puts his hand on his subjects and yes, opens the window on the other side. Tigers are not necessarily finishing machines, but they have the ability and this is a very important discussion.

Perhaps it is the selling point of a film that is organically embedded in a collective mind that pursues an agenda based on animal care. Today is who we are and how we think. In the documentary there are glimpses of a past in which finishing has won himself a trophy. That’s been forgotten a long time ago.

Today the challenge is different, but in an original sense there are still nuances of this terrible contemplation of a beautiful kingdom. One in which we have madly penetrated into civilization. After a terrible disaster, a city and a country at the center of animal activism collide, which have become confused. A filmmaker asks the right people and starts peeling. The story is one that goes beyond an accident, but never crosses the line of speculation.

Tiger 24 is a brutal exploration of the facts. He is never exploitative, but he has a real sense of crime, which is not very common when dealing with these issues. Going deep into the jungle to understand the behavior of animals, Pereira experiences various shades of traditions, ranging from survival to religious. Animal welfare is a big issue in India. And the Tigers are beyond that. They are sacred.

However, there is one who managed to strike and maim a man. When Pereira investigates (always with a camera at hand), he comes across more matters. This information adds fuel to a social fire in which several pages defend their perspective. The tiger has been transported to a zoo and the desert is a thing of the past. Surrounded by walls, the tiger walks back and forth, seeking refuge in an entire man-made plan that seems impossible to understand.

It is also terrible when the facts are revealed. The details of the massacre are applicable only in Pereira’s well-founded vision of animal activism. Even if we are talking about monster facts, it is impossible to see this beautiful animal as a victim of something bigger. A special scene of men jumping walls is a great representation of this bigger picture. The ones we’ll have to see when we start judging some of the comments on Tiger 24.

With a beautiful and haunting score, the film conveys a sense of wonder and secret while observing the realistic and deadly. This is not a pretty picture of our relationship with animals. It’s the beginning of a conversation we have to have in Moderna society about how to coexist with creatures that don’t have the ability to adapt like we do. And if we cannot see this, where does this fall into the disturbing question: if “Who should be on the verge of extinction?”

Pereira’s long mission for more than a decade is admirable and has become a fascinating film that is not easy to forget. If that’s what we wanted, then he did a really good job with this one.

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