I had a great time watching the NFB documentary “Being Caribou” when it was screened at the Calgary International Film Festival a few years ago. I am happy to share with you that the full documentary video “Being Caribou” is now onlineo!
Here is the film synopsis (emphasis added),
In this feature-length documentary, husband and wife team Karsten Heuer (wildlife biologist) and Leanne Allison (environmentalist) follow a herd of 120,000 caribou on foot across 1500 km of Arctic tundra. In following the herd’s migration, the couple hopes to raise awareness of the threats to the caribou’s survival. Along the way they brave Arctic weather, icy rivers, hordes of mosquitoes and a very hungry grizzly bear. Dramatic footage and video diaries combine to provide an intimate perspective of an epic expedition.
I remember I had tears in my eyes when I watched the beauty in the landscape and the wildlife Karsten and Leanne showed in the film. And as I watch the film online, I am touched again when I see the beauty and the filmmakers respect for the caribous and the wildlife.
It is easy to think that only humans matter and we don’t need to respect other life forms on this earth. I think that view is short sighted as we (humans) are just one of the living beings on earth and, at some point, we have to learn to live while respecting other living beings on this Pale Blue Dot.
P.S. I feel I have to add this note. I am not your typical environmentalist or animal lover. For example, I love steaks, and if I can trust the meat quality, I will probably even try Caribou steaks too!
BUT, I refuse to be so arrogant to think that human beings rule supreme and can trample other living beings on earth without careful thoughts and reasons. It is no laughing matter to seriously disturb the habitat of Caribous or other animals and putting their survival in danger.