Universum Russia's Revenant – the Return of the Siberian Tiger

Production Overview

„The story of the tigers is also a story of the wilderness, of our origins and of our future place on this planet.“

Franz Hafner, Writer


The extremely diverse primeval forests of Russia’s Far East are home to the Siberian tiger and provide the fascinating backdrop to this documentary. A young tiger male, born in a Russian conservation area, guides the viewer through the story. The film accompanies him once he leaves his mother, following his journey and observing his adventures. His search for a suitable territory of his own reveals challenges for Siberian tigers as well as conflicts that arise when tigers stray into human settlements.

Parallel narratives introduce humans whose lives are intertwined with those of tigers: Yuri Kolpak, supervisor of the Tiger Response Team, is called in when a tiger becomes a problem; Klim, a native Udeghe hunter, shares his hunting ground with tigers.

The young tiger finally finds a vacant territory outside of the reserve -- after months of roaming and risky adventures.

"The Siberian Tiger – Russia’s Revenant” provides intimate insights into the lives of the big cats, exploring their daily existence and their battle for survival. The animals they prey on are also featured. Tigers would not survive without the presence of sika deer, wild boar or Asian black bears.

Until recently, Siberian tigers were near the brink. The population has now begun to recover as a result of strict conservation measures, but this new relationship between humans and tigers is becoming strained. Will tigers and humans find a way to co-exist in the long run? Although things look encouraging, we cannot be certain.

A production of Interspot Film for ORF Universum and ARTE, National Geographic, BR, svt and Channel One Russia. Funded by Fernsehfonds Austria and distrubuted by ORF Enterprise.


Written and Directed by:
Franz Hafner
Producers Interspot Film:
Nikolaus & Nils Klingohr
Executive Producer Interspot Film:
Martin Demmerer
Executive Producer ORF:
Gernot Lercher
Line Producer Russia:
Alexander Bundtzen
Production Management Interspot Film:
Isabella Lesiak

Completion: 2021

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