Tuesday 22 August 2006 at 14:55
RUSSIA - The documentary film of the Japanese tele-broadcasting corporation NHK "Last Leopard", included in the noncompetitive program the International Film Festival of Asia Pacific countries "Pacific Meridian", will become the special event of festival. During the film projection, WWF Russia with the support of the branch of Vneshtorgbank - Foreign Trade Bank in Vladivostok will explain conservation issues of the Far Eastern leopard to spectators and journalists. The presentation of film and press conference will take place on 30 August, 16.00-17.30, film auditorium "Yellow Submarine" (Amur Bay hotel, 9 Naberegnaya Str., Vladivostok 690090 Russia). The main heroes of the film are members of a leopard family: dad, mum and their six months old cub. It took two years to produce the movie, in the Kedrova Pad reserve and in other places where leopard inhabits, for example the Borisov plateau. Filmmakers used prolonged observation from shelter on specially constructed tree platforms and also arranged to put automatic video cameras on leopard paths. The movie has already been broadcasted in Japan, and triggered a lot of comments from Japanese people to WWF Russia, which was unexpected. Many people who became interested in the movie later wrote to President Putin with the request to preserve leopard habitat and not to construct petroleum terminal in the area.