Documentary about bears screened

Feb 24, 2014
Wildlife researcher Charlie Russell spends some quiet moments with an ursine acquaintance.

Camden — “The Edge of Eden: Living with Grizzlies” will be screened Sunday, March 2, at 2 p.m. in the Picker Room of Camden Public Library, Atlantic Avenue.

The prize-winning documentary contains extraordinary footage from Russia's Kamchatka peninsula, where the understated Charlie Russell is filmed as he raises multiple sets of orphaned grizzlies among wild grizzlies in order to answer two questions: can one develop a relationship with bears based on trust rather than fear; and are bears inherently un-predictable — is it true that they will turn on humans and harm them for no reason?

This project spanned 13 years, some of them Russia's most tumultuous with repercussions for wildlife specialists in the United States right now as black bear researchers in Minnesota head to court in March. For more about Russell, visit

Sally Smyth will introduce the 90-minute video. As a board member of the Vital Ground Foundation, she follows developments in the world of bears, especially the grizzlies of our West. She discovered the film during her ongoing hunt for accurate information about bears and will host a brief bear Q&A afterwards. This is not a library event: for more information, contact Smyth at 236-6782.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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