|The Tiger Next Door
A film by Camilla Calamandrei
86 minutes, color, English 2010
Dennis Hill has been breeding and selling tigers from his backyard in Flat Rock, Indiana for over 15 years. Tigers are both an occupation and an obsession for Hill - he claims to know exactly what his animals are thinking by the look in their eyes. But now, after a surprise government inspection, he’s lost his license to keep exotic animals, and the state is threatening to shut him down.
The Tiger Next Door tracks Hill over the months that follow as he fights to keep the animals he claims to love. It also uncovers the intricate web of commerce and government laxity that keep breeders like Hill in business. What finally becomes exposed is the widespread attitude that humans are indeed lords of the animal kingdom.
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"Fascinating! A great story told with intelligence, compassion and some amazing footage." - Now Magazine
"Beautifully made! A seamless narrative that challenges thinking adults!" - The Huffington Post
"An affectionate profile, a damning exposé, and an urgent missive about the dire status of these magnificent animals." - Eye Weekly
"A must-see for animal rights activists and anyone else interested in the conservation of our planet and its inhabitants." - Flare Magazine
"A gripping moral tale that deserves the largest possible viewer-ship, because of what it teaches us about being a tiger, and what it teaches us about being a human being."
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