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The Race to Save the Amur Falcon

In the state of Nagaland in India's far northeast, a small team of conservationists discovered something that was both enthralling and alarming. In the winter of 2012, they stumbled upon a vast congregation of Amur falcons around a remote reservoir. Simultaneously, they also witnessed local hunters capture and slaughter tens of thousands of the little raptors for consumption. This is the story of the investigative documentation that followed, and the campaign that was launched to save the migrating falcons.

  • Shekar Dattatri
  • Shekar Dattatri
  • Shekar Dattatri
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    20 minutes 14 seconds
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    September 26, 2016
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    15,000 USD
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Director Biography - Shekar Dattatri

Shekar Dattatri is a wildlife and conservation filmmaker based in Chennai, India. During the last 30 years, his films have won several national and international awards, and many have aired around the world on channels such as National Geographic and Discovery. He has also officiated on the final juries of prestigious film festivals, such as ‘Wildscreen’ in the UK and the Japan Wildlife Film Festival.

Moving away from television production, Shekar has spent the last 16 years working closely with conservation NGOs to produce independent films on conservation issues. These include ‘Mindless Mining – the tragedy of Kudremukh’, ‘The Ridley’s Last Stand’, ‘The Truth about Tigers’, ‘India’s Disappearing Beaches – A Wake up Call’ and ‘The Race to Save the Amur Falcon’.

He has several popular articles on wildlife, filmmaking and conservation to his credit and is the author of three children’s books on wildlife, ‘Riddle of the Ridley’, ‘Lai Lai the baby elephant’ and ‘Ira the little dolphin’. More information on his work can be found at

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