Land of the Tiger


Institute History

  • 1988 Sundance Film Festival


Land of the Tiger takes viewers to two national parks in the heart of India. From this special’s opening moments when a forest resounds with the alarm calls of exotic animals that have detected the presence of a tiger on the prowl, viewers know they’re watching an extraordinary natural history film. Husband-and-wife team, producers Stanley Breeden and Belinda Wright, present a rare and fascinating study of the enormous jungle cats with some never-before-filmed scenes of tigers stalking their prey, caring for their young, and mating.

Both agree that the film was the most difficult and most rewarding documentary they’ve made. Filming took two-and-a-half years, and the logistics are daunting. Despite their size and their power, tigers are among the most elusive of animals. Even in the days when they prowled the Indian jungles in great numbers, they were only rarely glimpsed. Now the tiger is an endangered species, so it has become rare as well as elusive.

— Tony Safford

Screening Details

  • Section: National Geographic Society: A Centennial Celebration
  • Film Type: Documentary Feature
  • Country: U.S.A.
  • Run Time: 58 min.
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