Maya

(Maya)

This thrilling film full of unexpected twists tells the story of the famous Iranian tigress Maya, and is a masterful presentation of our relationship with wild animals and the natural world around us.

Tigress Maya was born in captivity. Mohsen, the head keeper at one of Iran’s biggest zoos, has cared for her ever since. Maya spends her days at the zoo – in a cage, ever in the public eye and admired by visitors of all ages. When Mohsen receives an offer that would make Maya the protagonist of this film, he doesn’t hesitate. He arranges the necessary permits and travels with her to the north of the country, to the Caspian Sea where tigers once roamed the wild. During an evening walk Maya manages to run away and, thanks to the present camera, we are able to watch as long-suppressed animal instincts begin to awaken in the young tigress. Even though Maya is recaptured at the end, this incident unleashes a wave of other events that reveal the much darker background to this story.

Impact

There are currently less than 4,000 tigers left in the wild. As the film Maya shows, the reintegration of tigers raised in captivity into the wild is difficult, if not impossible. The Save Tigers Now initiative, started by the World Wildlife Fund in collaboration with actor Leonardo DiCaprio, was established with the aim of doubling that number by 2022 – the end of the next Year of the Tiger. The aim is to rectify what humanity has done through poaching and the illegal trade in tiger meat and furs.

About the film

Director: Anson Hartford, Jamshid Mojaddadi
UK
2020 | 86 min.

Language: Farsi

Subtitles: Czech, English
In the case of outdoor and indoor screenings, the films are shown only with Czech subtitles.

Czech premiere

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Category

UnEarthed

Director

Anson Hartford

Filmography
2020 - Maya
2012 - Ping Pong
2011 - Beads on One String
2007 - James Ravilious: A World in Pictures

Anson Hartford

Jamshid Mojaddadi

Filmography
2020 - Maya

Jamshid  Mojaddadi

Screenings

27. 05. 20:30 Praha: Klubovna
DiscussionSilvie Ucová, Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic
Jiří Hlásenský, caretaker ZOO Hodonín, founder of the nonprofit organization Altaica
RNDr. Dominika Formanová, Ph.D, Former Inspector of the Czech Environmental Inspectorate, Faculty of Science, Charles University

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