The Hidden Tiger

We began the 20th century with over 100,000 wild tigers. We ended the same century with less than 4,000. Hunted and then poached, encroached upon and then slaughtered, the wild tigers of Asia are in trouble and face extinction. But there is a secret number, a terrifying number few know: the shocking number of the hidden tigers of America. An estimated 10,000 of these live in the backyards, roadside attractions, theme parks, zoos and sanctuaries of North America alone. The Hidden Tiger travels the world and exposes the deadly links between captive tigers and the wild tigers’ possible extinction.

  • Michael Samstag
    A Southern Fix, Tales in Flight, War & Truth
  • Josh Gildrie
    A Southern Fix, Tales in Flight, Lucifer's Fall
  • Elizabeth McGovern
    A Southern Fix
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Conservation, Advocacy, Tigers
  • Runtime:
    47 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    350,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    India, Nepal, United Kingdom, United States
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Director Biography - Michael Samstag

Best known for his work directing and producing special features for the first three Harry Potter DVDs and the Van Helsing DVD, Samstags’ work on Van Helsing was featured in an article by American Cinematographer Magazine. His last documentary, A SOUTHERN FIX won Best Film at the Animal Film Festival in 2018. Samstag is the Founder of the Scruffy City Film & Music Festival.

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Director Statement

We firmly believe that if we can save big cats, we can save vital forests and thus ourselves. To that end, we've circled the globe several times in order to tell the story of the hidden tigers.

As a former Festival Director myself, I understand the importance of supporting each festival screening and we intend to attend and promote each and every screening in order to help get this message out to as many people as possible.