A park ranger and a journalist risk their lives to go undercover and investigate a new, deadly jaguar trade that’s sweeping South America.
As China pours hundreds of billions of dollars into South American infrastructure, jaguars are disappearing from the continent’s protected rainforests. Targeted as substitutes for tiger parts, jaguars are being trafficked at dangerously high numbers.
Spanning over mist-covered jungles in the Amazon to bustling wildlife markets in China, Tigre Gente follows the story of a Bolivian park ranger and a Hong Konger journalist fighting to stop the jaguar trade before it’s too late. Along the way, they grapple with questions of empathy, responsibility, and bridging a cultural gap to prevent the jaguar trade from spiraling out of control.
Having made its premiere at Tribeca, Elizabeth Unger’s feature length debut Tigre Gente shuttles between the breath-taking biodiversity of Madidi National Park in Bolivia and the tense China-Myanmar border to juxtapose the tranquility and splendour of the jungle against the sadistic nature of man.