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The Edge of Eden: Living with Grizzlies| 1hr : 28mins
Director: Jeff & Sue Turner | Producer: Jeff & Sue Turner
Focus Years: 2006 | Country: Canada
Subject Tags: animals as friends, asia, ecology, environment, russian federation, spiritual awareness
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
The grizzly bear is considered by many to be the most dangerous animal in the world. But there is one man, Canadian Charlie Russell, who thinks differently. He believes that grizzlies are misunderstood animals and that our fear of them is not only unnecessary but driving them to extinction. His beliefs have taken him to Russia where he has been raising orphaned grizzly bear cubs for the past ten years in the wilderness of the Southern Kamchatka peninsula. Becoming their surrogate mother, he struggles to keep his cubs alive and teach them everything they need to survive a life in the wild. But will it be enough? The film will reveal, through flashbacks to footage from his early days, the events of the past ten years raising orphaned grizzly cubs in Russia and his attempts to fight back against the illegal hunting and poaching that was killing so many of the bears in Russia. Charlie does all that he can to keep the cubs safe, but in the world of the Russian Grizzly Bear there are no guarantees. Raising orphaned grizzly bear cubs, Charlie has been given a rare insight into the world of bears. He has learned that grizzly bears are not the fearsome aggressive killers that so many believe but rather are gentle and peaceful creatures. Although our misplaced fear of them is driving them to the edge of extinction, it is possible for man and bear to live together peacefully and safely, sharing this earth.

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