years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
“Best Educational Value Award” presented at festival
“Moon Bear” the hard-hitting, undercover documentary showing the brutality of the bear bile industry across China, has just won a top award at the Fifth China Ya’an International Panda, Animals and Nature Film Week.
Held on August 20, 2012, the documentary was awarded audience favorite “Best Educational Value” film.
The documentary was made by Elsa Xiong Jun Hui, Chen Yuan Zhong and Tu Qiao, three independent film-makers who devoted four years to its production, visiting small and large bear bile farms, revealing “legal” farms with conditions that are clearly breaking current regulations for such farms in China.
The documentary was first launched at an Animals Asia press conference in February 2012, and received over one million views in the first twenty-four hours of its posting online.
The film-makers were invited to participate in the festival, and take part in “Meet the Director” sessions introducing the film and sharing their experience with the audience. At the closing ceremony held on the evening of 20 August, the organizing committee announced that “Moon Bear” had won its prestigious award – and Elsa Xiong Jun Hui and Chen Yuan Zhong were on hand to accept it.
“Moon Bear” producer Elsa Xiong Jun Hui introduces the film to the media and the public at the film festival.
Elsa Xiong Jun Hui and Chen Yuan Zhong accept the prestigious award.
Animals Asia Foundation would like to express our heartfelt congratulations and enormous thanks to the production team of “Moon Bear” for this huge effort and hard work to save the moon bears.
Click to watch this moving documentary: “Moon Bear”. Length: 45 mins / Language: Mandarin with English sub-titles.