TIGRE GENTE is the story of the illegal trade in jaguar products. Filmmaker Elizabeth Unger imbedded with the rangers at the Madidi Park in Bolivia preserve in order to see what the situation was on the ground. He also traveled with journalist Laurel Chor to China and Myanmar where jaguar products are being used for a variety of reasons. She also connects up how Chinese money is effecting South American conservation efforts.
Good workman like documentary hits all of the right notes and fills us in on everything we need to know. It is an informative 90 minutes.
As good as the film is from an informational source it is a bit too low key. Playing like many other similar documentaries that have graced the Tribeca film festival over the years it never quite ignites the passion for us to do something. Part of the problem is that despite embedding with the rangers or being in the room where things are happening Unger and her camera always seem to be a dispassionate observer. Yes we are getting the information on what is going on but we aren’t getting the fire in the belly we need to get up and actually try to make a difference. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad one, just a bland one.