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Pocket Desert - Confessions of a Snake Killer

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Every outlaw needs an enemy, and for a young girl growing up on a ranch in the last corner of the Canadian wild west, the rattlesnake takes centre stage as the perfect demon for her childhood imagination. In the dry interior of British Columbia, the south Okanagan and Similkameen valleys form the scenic bio-region known as Canada's 'pocket desert'. As settlers' dreams of creating an agricultural Eden erase fragile desert lands that support a breathtaking array of wild species, the narrator and her snake-hunting neighbours are forced to examine their environmental attitudes. Superb wildlife cinematography and rare archival film clips combine with dramatic personal stories in this compelling documentary.

1999, 24 min 10 s

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Silver Award - Category: Film and Video - Ecology / Environment / Conservation
WorldFest - International Film Festival
April 7 to 16 2000, Houston - USA

Honorable Mention - Category: Science and Technology
International Film and Video Festival
October 19 to 22 1999, Columbus - USA