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Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story (2005)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama, Family  |  2005 (Canada)
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Simon Jackson fights to save the endagered Spirit Bear from extinction by going up against the foresting industry.



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Credited cast:
Simon Jackson
Lloyd Blackburn, Ph.D.
Marcus Perdue
Frank Perdue
Catherine Disher ...
Ms. Starr
Neil Lawrence (as Owen Rotharmel)
Troy Yorke ...
Fergus Diogenes
Pamela Sinha ...
Sophie Sabris, Minister
Clive Jackson
Jude Coffey ...
Carol Ann
Mr. Hall
Herbie Barnes ...
Melody A. Johnson ...
Assistant to Sophie (as Melody Johnson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Denis Lacroix


Simon Jackson is an awkward 15-year-old who lives on a planet light years away from the "in" crowd-until a life changing moment. Attacked in the British Columbia wilderness, Simon is rescued by a rare white Kermode bear. When he learns these magnificent creatures are endangered, that only 400 are in existence in a small area of northern BC, Simon turns from shy, stuttering daydreamer to political activist. Mustering his courage, he takes on the powerful forest industry and the provincial government, eventually rallying everyone from Prince William to the Backstreet Boys. Simon ultimately secures the protection of 2500 square miles of Princess Royal Island-one of the largest land protection battles ever won-and is named one of Time Magazine's "Heroes for the Planet." Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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The Power of One
1 July 2006 | by (Sonoran Desert) – See all my reviews

This film, made with the financial support of the Canadian government, is based on the true story of a genuine environmental hero. Simon Jackson was only 13 when he began his crusade to save the Spirit Bear, a white version of Ursus Americanus Kermodei, which occurs in about 10% of the black bears which live in a relatively small area in Canada. The only habitat of the Spirit Bear is Princess Royal Island, other adjacent large islands, and nearby coastal British Columbia. This unique temperate rainforest area was threatened by clearcut logging. Simon faced down not only the BC government, and the timber industry, but also the loggers themselves.

His story is one that needs to be told to everyone on this planet---that it is possible for one determined person to change what is happening to our environment, before it is too late. The film is not a millions-of-bucks slick production, but is touching and feels genuine. The footage of the Spirit Bear(s) is truly remarkable. I love Graham Greene and he was perfect in his role of a somewhat disillusioned environmental organization employee and mentor to Simon. My only real criticism is the music, which seemed much louder than the rest of the soundtrack.

For people who know nothing about the campaign to save the Spirit Bear's habitat from destruction by ignorance and greed, the film is very enlightening. For those of us who joined our voices to the thousands who heard about the Spirit Bear directly from Simon Jackson, it is very heartening to see the story disseminated through this film. I can only hope everyone who sees it will feel empowered to lift their voice to protest greed and injustice in the world.

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