Join Bristol-based conservation charity Wildscreen for the Global Release Premiere of Jill Robinson: To the Moon and Back, followed by a Q&A with the production team and drinks.
Across China and Vietnam, over 10,000 Asiatic black (moon) bears exist as prisoners in tiny coffin size cages. With nothing more than her peaceful determination and resolution, Jill Robinson confronted one of the worst forms of animal cruelty ever witnessed from the hands of man - bear bile farming.
Deprived of all but the most basic necessities to keep them alive, the bears are forced to endure unimaginable pain and torment for up to 30 years; their abdomens and gall bladders crudely penetrated by catheters to collect bile for traditional Asian medicine, beauty products and even wine. In 1993, British-born Robinson took a stand against this practice. With quiet resolve, Jill began an animal welfare movement (Animals Asia), created two beautiful bear sanctuaries spanning over 180,000 square metres and has brought about a foreseeable end to bile farming in Vietnam.
Narrated by actor, Peter Egan, the film shows Jill Robinson’s story told from her own deeply personal and often emotional perspective. With contributions from Downton Abbey actress Lesley Nicol, Born Free founder, Virginia McKenna OBE and Guns ‘n’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, the film explores how, why and where it all began. From Jill’s life-changing moment to the creation of a global organisation, this is the remarkable story of one of the world’s most inspirational animal welfare heroes.
“A wonderful, heart-warming film about a truly inspirational woman” Ricky Gervais