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Freed to be wild: documentary about WWF-Russia

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Chukotka Road Movie. A journey to Russia’s wild North | RT Documentary

RT Documentary Channel presents a special project “Free to be wild”, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of WWF-Russia. The documentary about WWF-Russia conservation is coming on air 6th of April, 2020.

The documentary tells about WWF-Russia conservation specialists who work to preserve rare and endangered species such as Siberian tiger, saker falcon, polar bear and walrus. The filming took place in different climatic zones of Russia: in Primorsky Territory, Southern Siberia and Chukotka.

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  • Release: 2019
  • Country: Russia
  • Distributed by the independent non-profit organisation “TV-news”
  • Language: Russian
  • Narrated by Nikolay Drozdov
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Written and directed by Natalia Karachkova
  • Produced by Valeria Senina
  • Cinematography by Stanislav Gurianov

Natalia Karachkova is the journalist, screenwriter, director of the RTD TV channel.

She graduated from the Kuban State University in 2001 and in 2014 she graduated from the directing Faculty of the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography. 

Since 1999, she worked on TV, took part in the filming of documentaries and documentary reality shows for Russian federal channels and RT channel. Moreover, she wrote scripts for feature films, filmed TV-shows (film production companies Amedia, RTV, Russkoye), and worked as the second director in the feature film “The Way”.

In 2015, she joined the team of RT channel - Natalia works as the director of the documentary channel RTD. During this time, Natalia made dozens of documentaries.

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Animals play the main part in the film.
The Siberian tiger
The Siberian tiger is the northernmost subspecies of tiger, which is the biggest and once common cat in Asia. The natural habitat of this subspecies is the cedar-broad-leaf forests of the Ussuri taiga.
The polar bear
The polar bear is the giant of the Far North. It spends most of its life near water or on ice. The smallest bears are found on Svalbard, the biggest - in the Bering sea. The average life expectancy of polar bear is 20-25 years.
The Atlantic walrus
The Atlantic walrus is a marine giant of the northern waters. Young walruses are covered with thick fur. Regardless of the impressive size of the walrus, scientists estimate that it is one of the most vulnerable inhabitant of the Russian Arctic.
The saker falcon
The saker falcon is a bird of prey of the Falconidae family. The dive speed can reach 200 km/h (124 mph). The adult body length is 43-60 cm.
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Tatiana Minenko
Bear patrol leader in Ryrkaypiy village

“What are we doing? We are destroying Earth, we are leaving deep scars, we consider ourselves the masters of Earth”.
Pavel Fomenko
Head of rare species department of the Amur Branch of WWF-Russia.

“I do what I love. I conserve the wildlife”.
Igor Karyakin
is an ornithologist of Russian Raptor Research and Conservation Network, WWF-Russia expert.

“There is a chance that one day we’ll see how our little saker falcons, released here, will breed and not all of them will be captured by poachers ”.