Kekexili: Mountain Patrol
CITES Secretariat was recently provided with an opportunity to
view this film prior to its general release in France and Switzerland
on 25 January 2006. It can probably best be described as a drama-documentary
and it has won several awards at film festivals. The original
version is in Mandarin and Tibetan but the ‘general release’
versions have subtitles.
It describes the experiences of a journalist, in the mid-1990s,
who accompanied the anti-poaching patrols that operated on the
Tibetan Plateau to protect the Tibetan antelope and seek out those
who kill the animals to collect their fine wool (known as ‘shahtoosh’).
The film opens with the cold-blooded murder of one of the patrol
officers by poachers and follows the story of his colleagues as
they set about tracking down those responsible. The scenery is
stunning but the film also captures the harsh nature of the Tibetan
antelope’s habitat and the equally harsh reality of conducting
law enforcement operations at altitudes of over 4,000 metres.
It should be emphasized that the film reflects anti-poaching
work a decade ago and that the present law enforcement situation
is very different. Nonetheless, the terrain, weather and hazards
Having sent staff in 2003 to spend time with the Forest Police
patrol staff in Kekexili, the CITES Secretariat can testify to
the accuracy of the film’s portrayal of the dangers that
these men face daily. It heartily recommends to anyone connected
with the implementation of CITES, especially wildlife law enforcement
officers, to see this film.
The Secretariat is not aware of the exact release dates in other
countries but expect that the film will come out around the same
time in most places or may even be already available on DVD.
to download the official press kit.