Moonbears on Planet Earth

The documentary shows the daily activities performed by the local and international staff who lives and works inside the Bear Rescue Center situated in Tam Dao National park , Northern Vietnam. Interviews, original and archive footage are edited to explain life, tasks and achievements of this NGO managed by Animals Asia.
In this natural sanctuary , moon bears and sun bears are rescued, treated, kept safe and nursed : they are now free from the suffering caused by the cruel tortures of bile farming and extraction process.
Since thousands of years bear bile products are in use in traditional oriental medicine and even nowadays it generates around two billions dollars of illegal business.
Animals Asia staff is not only assuring better living and relief for rescued bears but promotes educational awareness about the bile farming issues , employees and generates fare trades for a relevant number of people of this rural area of Vietnam.

  • Nadia Zanellato
    Director
  • Andrea Daddi
    Director
  • Nadia Zanellato
    Writer
  • Andrea Daddi
    Writer
  • Nadia Zanellato
    Producer
  • Andrea Daddi
    Producer
  • Tuan Bendixsen
    Key Cast
  • Mandala Hunter-Ishikawa
    Key Cast
  • Sarah Dempsey
    Key Cast
  • Esa Ruoho aka Lackluster
    Original Soundtrack
  • Fabrizio Bonaga
    Titles
  • Serena Gamba
    Illustrator
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 6, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Italy
  • Country of Filming:
    Viet Nam
  • Language:
    English, Vietnamese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 16th Piemonte Movie Glocal Film Festival
    Torino
    Italy
    March 9, 2017
    Jury Special Mention Award for Best short Film
  • 5th Too Short to Wait
    Torino
    Italy
    February 12, 2017
  • 4th Caselle Film Festival
    Caselle in Pittari
    Italy
    August 21, 2016
    Best Directing Award
  • 14th MonFilmFest
    Casale Monferrato
    Italy
    July 21, 2016
  • 19th Cinemambiente - Environmental Film Festival
    Torino
    Italy
    June 1, 2016
    Premiere
Director Biography - Nadia Zanellato, Andrea Daddi

Andrea Daddi and Nadia Zanellato start their collaboration in 1999 founding the vj and video art collective Kidddz. During these years they produced experimental short movies, video installations, vj sets, mapping for big music events, artistic projects, museums, contemporary dance and theatre. Moonbears on Planet Earth is their first documentary as director.

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Director Statement

Through this documentary we want to make people aware of bear bile farming in Viet Nam and throughout Asia. Thanks to the precious work of NGOs like Animals Asia the bear can have relief from the pain they suffer through bear bile farming and extraction.