Cheetah, for its dark tear line that is stretched from its eyes all the way to the rims of its mouth, is distinct from other cat-like animals. Asiatic Cheetah is a different sub-species from African Cheetah and since it is extinct in all the regions of the world except Iran, it is called Iranian Cheetah. Today less than 100 of this meritorious species are left and it is considered a critically endangered life form.
In 1388(2009) a study kicked-off with the collaboration of Conservation of the Asiatic Cheetah Project (CACP), Iranian Cheetah Society (ICS) and Plan for Land Society, in Kavir National Park -Greatest National Park of Iran - with the goal of estimating the number of Asiatic Cheetahs left. After intense efforts and stationing numerous trail cameras, only one male Cheetah was registered.
For me, as a wildlife documentarian, this was not a good news at all. So I decided to do my best with all I got to find and register more of this Cheetah in the greatest national park of Iran.
In this quest, that took 6 years and covered an area as vast as Switzerland, but the result was surprising…
The Black Tear
Original Title: Ashk-e Siah
Cast & Crew
Director: Fathollah Amiri
Cameramen: Arash Moharrami & Behnam Ghorbani
Editors: Majid Mohammaddoust & Abolfazl Abedi
Sound: Farzad Jafarian
Executive Producer: Fathollah Amiri
Production: IRIB - Semnan Center
63 min, 2016, HD