Filmmakers Trip Jennings & Andy Maser (Mountainfilm 2010, Flathead Wild and others) return to Mountainfilm with Spoil, a film in which they follow the International League of Conservation Photographers and the Gitga'ata First Nation people of British Columbia in their search for the illusive spirit bear. All white, but not albino, and more rare than the panda, the spirit bear lives only in the Great Bear Rainforest on the north coast of British Columbia, a place that is at risk from a proposed oil pipeline. In an effort to oppose the pipeline, the iLCP's mission is to create images of this rare bear and the unique ecosystem upon which it relies. At risk is an intact and rare-in-the-world temperate rain forest that is home not only to the Gitga’ata, but also to a host of animals, from the spirit bear and genetically distinct wolves to an array of marine mammals.
Aki Ra was handling weapons by age five. By age ten, he was shooting people. Kidnapped as a child and conscripted to serve in Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge army, it was kill or be killed for the young boy. After surviving two decades of wartime soldiering, Aki Ra is now living a very different life. First introduced to Mountainfilm audiences in 2003 with Richard Fitoussi’s short film, Aki’s Story, a fuller and updated version of Aki Ra’s quest for redemption is presented in A Perfect Soldier. To date, Aki Ra has, almost single-handedly, removed an estimated 50,000 land mines and ordnance from the Cambodian countryside. No matter the number, he can never remove mental images and memories of his haunted past—the faces of his victims, their last anguished cries for help, his unending struggle to make sense of the atrocities he has experienced.