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Ghost of the Mountains

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Absorbing docu about snow leopards has mild peril.

Movie G 2017 78 minutes
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This is an absorbing film that is as likely to encourage adventurous wannabe documentary makers as it is to delight animal lovers. Director of photography Shane Moore displays sensitivity and compassion for the crew's subjects, the elusive snow leopards, by backing off in crucial moments. He challenges his team to be wary of the effects of the Heisenberg Principle, which posits that the mere fact of human observation can influence and change the observed, sometimes for the worse. When a mother snow leopard is separated from one of her cubs, Moore packs up and leaves the scene rather than stay, which could risk endangering the cub with his presence. His good judgment is rewarded when the crew returns the next day to find the cubs are both safely with their mother. Young viewers may want to talk about the emotional ordeal of shifting their empathy from the magnificent predator snow leopards who are starving in the wild to the sheep and other prey who lose their lives to keep the endangered cats alive. The ruthlessness of the wild is well illustrated in Ghost of the Mountains.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 18, 2017
  • On DVD or streaming: September 13, 2017
  • Director: Ben Wallis
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Character Strengths: Perseverance
  • Run time: 78 minutes
  • MPAA rating: G
  • Last updated: February 26, 2022

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