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Film premiere launches Animals Asia’s 10-year celebrations
25 July 2008
Animals Asia Foundation turns 10 this August, and to celebrate, the Hong Kong charity will be holding a series of events, starting with the exclusive Hong Kong premiere of the film, “The Fox and the Child”, at Palace IFC cinema on 5 August, 2008.
This heart-warming story, directed by Luc Jacquet (The March of the Penguins) centres on a young girl and her impossible friendship with a fox. The film combines nature documentary footage with the fictionalised story played out against a breathtaking mountainside wilderness. An adult female narrator relates the tale as a memoir of her childhood.
Animals Asia Founder and CEO Jill Robinson MBE said: “We chose this movie to celebrate our anniversary as it is filmed from the unique perspective of the fox. Through Jacquet’s camera, the audience becomes the fox, experiences what it experiences, perceives what it perceives, feels what it feels. This is what Animals Asia has done over the past 10 years – shown people that animals too have feelings, needs and wants, desires and dislikes and their own unique perceptions of the world.”
The Fox and the Child is based on the memory of director Luc Jacquet’s extraordinary childhood meeting with a fox in the mountains of Ain in France. The narrative will be in French with Chinese and English subtitles. The film has been awarded a special distinction by the French animal welfare organisation 30 Million D’amis (30 Million Friends), which confirms that strict welfare conditions applied during its production.
Animals Asia has come a long way over the past decade, growing from a handful of people working out of a house in rural Hong Kong to a team of more than 200 animal welfare professionals working in Asia, the UK, Germany, the US and Australia.
The foundation has built two world-class bear sanctuaries (in China and Vietnam) and hundreds of moon bears have been rescued from lives of torture on bile farms. Our animal-therapy programmes are now operating in 10 cities throughout Asia, including three cities in Mainland China.
Ms Robinson said: “The most exciting development we have seen in Asia over the past few years has been the increasing number of people everywhere embracing animal welfare issues and acting on their conviction. In China alone, we have a network of more than 40 home-grown groups that have joined our Animals Asia Friendship Alliance and we have over 20 Moon Bear Rescue support groups at universities throughout China. This past decade has shown what can be achieved by determined citizens who want to create change.
“This film gives us all cause to reflect and to make a promise together, and that is to nurture the next generation to do better than we did and to respect animals and nature; to preserve a healthy, peaceful environment for decades and generations to come,” she said.