Thank you everyone that came out last night

The future of BC does not include trophy hunting.

People swarmed the Vic Theatre last night to watch Trophy, a beautiful film by Inder Nirwan and Lush Cosmetics. This film explores the trophy hunting of grizzly bears in BC. It’s inspiring. I was struck by the personal journey of Charlie Russel who was a hunting guide who learned to see grizzly bears differently and became very critical of the culture of fear and status that pervades trophy hunting.

“I yearn to tell compelling stories from the real world that can help make a difference for real people.” – Inder Nirwan

I had the honour of meeting many of the scientists, creatives, film-makers and go-getters that made Trophy happen. I also had the honour of meeting Nirwan last night, if only briefly.

For Nirwan, and Lush Cosmetics, documentary film making is part of how they fulfill their responsibility to tell stories that matter.

Inder Nirwan explains why documentary story telling is a responsibility
Inder Nirwan explains why telling stories, like Trophy, is more than a technical exercise.

Eat chocolate, save bears

I was also gratified to meet so many people who are committed to ending the commercial trophy hunt in BC. As it happens, they all enjoy chocolate.

The Vic Theatre is a beautiful venue: Save the Great Bears.
The Vic Theatre, Victoria.
This family cares about stopping the trophy hunt in BC.
Leanne, Guilia and Emilia Giommi.
Conrad Brown Jr. poses with a Save the Great Bears Handbill
Conrad Brown Jr., Vancouver Island University.

Who has two thumbs and likes chocolate: Lauren Henson!
Lauren Henson, Jane Woodland, Kalina Hunter.
Ross Dixon gives the representative from Lush Cosmetics a hug.
Ross Dixon, Raincoast, and Carleen Pickard, Lush Cosmetics.

Watch Trophy online for free

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For 25 years, Raincoast has been furthering biodiversity conservation in BC. Thanks to your generous donations, among many other accomplishments, we have been able to end commercial trophy hunting of large carnivores in over 38,000 square kilometers of the Great Bear Rainforest, begin acquiring forest land in order to protect threatened Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystems, aid recovery of endangered Southern Resident killer whales by restoring Chinook salmon habitat, and establish a university research lab dedicated to applied conservation science. Strong partnerships are integral to our success.

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