India’s Wandering Lions
Finalist, Best People and Nature Program, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
At the Gir Forest Sanctuary in Gujarat, the last remaining population of Asiatic Lions – a species that once covered much of Europe and Asia but nearly went extinct – has rebounded dramatically. In fact, their population has grown to the point that the small Sanctuary can’t contain them, and they rove the surrounding countryside, preying on cattle in rural villages. India’s Wandering Lions combines winsome wildlife filmmaking with a nuanced exploration of what happens when a triumph of conservation unexpectedly creates conflict between humans and animals.
*This 2016 Festival selection complements the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Anthropocene: Life in the Age of Humans series. For more information about this series, visit go.si.edu/ageofhumans.