IWFF review

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A lion limping after catching its paw in a trap. An elephant wounded by a gunshot wound. Felled teak wood trees leaking sap. While this feature-length film doesn’t shy away from showing the ecological effects of poaching, that is not where its main attention lies. …


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My dad has told me many times, in no uncertain terms that I should never, ever hitchhike. But when my cousin planned a trip across the country with his best friend, walking and hitching rides along highways to see the West, we all thought it sounded like a grand adventure. I picked them up in Denver, my 20-something cousin and his buddy. They were sunburned and sore from walking and so far pretty pleased with their adventure, despite a few illnesses and mishaps that had occurred on their way.

I could not, at the time — and still can’t for that matter — imagine sticking my thumb out and getting into a stranger’s car. We’ve all heard the stories. What if the person who picked you up tried to kill you? …

Margaret Grayson

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