Review of documentary "The Tiger Next Door"

Dispatches from Hot Docs: Thelonious Jazz to Pet Tigers

by Monika Bartyzel
May 15th 2009 // 8:02PM

The Tiger Next Door

In order to capture the seriously unregulated world of big cats, director Camilla Calamandrei was lucky to happen upon a former meth addict and big cat keeper as the government strives to stop his operation and take his many cats — tigers, mountain lions, and bears. It runs a bit long (although a shortened version is set to appear on TV), but is a quite interesting balance of the dire need for regulation and the true passion. It soon becomes obvious that Dennis loves his animals, but there is also no doubt that they shouldn’t be kept as they are.

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