© by Werner Herzog Film  Starring: Timothy Tradwell

'Bear whisperer' Timothy Treadwell's life was a tangle of passionate environmental activism, idealistic half-truths and outright lies. And with his shocking death in October 2003, it all began to unravel. What few knew about Treadwell was that much of his life was an invention.

Timothy Treadwell, the avowed bear man of the Alaska wilderness, lived poor and little known for most of his 46 years despite a desire for the spotlight of celebrity. He claimed to have led a life of drugs, brawls and booze until, in the late 1980s, he found his way to the grizzlies, most recently in Katmai National Park and Preserve on the Alaska Peninsula about 300 miles southwest of Anchorage. His cause: to save them from hunters and poachers
who apparently didn't exist. Those efforts brought him national recognition.
He attracted even more when he told David Letterman on national television that the sometimes ferocious grizzly bears were really nothing more than big "party animals."

But the party came to a macabre end when, on Oct. 6, 2003, Treadwell and his girlfriend were found dead after being attacked by a 1,000-pound grizzly bear. Though captured on an audio recording, the deaths remain the topic of much debate. They brought to a dramatic end what had become Treadwell's
Hollywood life, but they opened a new chapter in the saga of the man some
had come to call "the bear whisperer."


English, German
104 min,colour
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