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Tracks in a Tiger Economy

Malaysia has a decision to make: industrialization in the short-term or environmental preservation for the long-term. "Tracks in a Tiger Economy" looks at the challenges of protecting the endangered Malayan tiger in the wild, and demonstrates the vital connection between wildlife conservation and sustainable socio-economic development for this Southeast Asian nation. In particular, this film investigates the palm oil industry and its resulting effects of deforestation and habitat loss, and the high rates of tiger poaching that feed the illegal wildlife trade. An indigenous perspective is also considered, as the Orang Asli tribes of Peninsular Malaysia and their hunter-gathering lifestyles are under similar threats of habitat loss as the tiger. Protecting the Malayan tiger could be the answer to preserving the forest ecosystems, improving indigenous rights, and overall set Malaysia on a more sustainable path.

  • David Borish
  • WWF-Malaysia, Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers, TRAFFIC in Southeast Asia, Malaysian Nature Society
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    Wildlife Conservation, Nature, Indigenous, Orang Asli
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 16, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 USD
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    Digital HD
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Director Biography - David Borish

A student at the University of Guelph, David is a young multimedia artist who works with video to produce a wide variety of films. Both "Paper Man" and "Paper Man 2" (stop-motion animations) were featured at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in 2011 and 2012, and were 2 out of only 5 Canadian entries. He has produced awareness videos for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Children of Bukati organization in Western Kenya. He has also made promotional videos for Tobi Nussbaum's city council campaign in Ottawa, the Selamatkan Yaki conservation organization in Manado, Indonesia, the Global Development Symposium in Guelph, the Practical Farmers of Ontario organization, the Canada Israel Experience trip in Israel, and the SAK Nepal organization in Nepal. He has helped the Korean global education media group EBS in Sarawak, Borneo, with their film "Green Animals". He is also an avid photographer, with published photos in the Photographer's Forum Magazine "Best of College & High School photography 2015" and "Best of Photography 2015", the Undercurrent Journal (The Canadian Undergraduate Journal for Development Studies), and the Ontarion newspaper. He hopes to continue working on video and photography assignments that focus on environmental conservation and sustainable human development.

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