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Catalogue Number:  JBJ000
Producer:  Junction Box J
Producing Agencies:  Junction Box J Inc.
Subject:  Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Environmental Justice, Environmental Studies, Nature, Science
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2021
Running Time:  15:31
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Most freshwater turtle species in Canada are at risk.

Habitat destruction, car and boat hits, accidental catch, predator attacks, malicious humans; turtles face truly staggering odds. For example, only one snapping turtle in 10,000 will survive to adulthood.

The Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre is trying to tilt the odds back.

FIX AND RELEASE explores the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, a small turtle trauma centre in Peterborough Ontario Canada as it fights to even the odds for survival that freshwater turtles face in a modern world.

Dr. Sue Carstairs leads a team of dedicated staff and volunteers as they develop their own ground-breaking approach to reptile medicine. This visually beautiful film shows turtles in a way that few have seen before - highlighting their amazing ability to recover from catastrophic injury and hinting that these ancient creatures may be more complex than previously thought. Turtles are vital for healthy wetlands and every saved turtle makes a difference. As Dr. Carstairs says, “We are saving the world one turtle at a time”.

Filmmaker Bio: Scott Dobson is an award-winning Canadian Producer/Director with over 25 years experience in documentary filmmaking.

Audience Award Best Short San Francisco Documentary Festival 2018

Best Short Film Milton Film Festival 2018

Best Documentary Short Durango Film Festival Colorado 2018

Jury Prize Water Docs Toronto April 2018

Best Short - North Bay Film Festival 2017

Best Canadian Short - Planet In Focus 2017

Best Short Documentary - Muskoka Film Festival 2017

Best Documentary - Scenic City Film Festival 2017

Best in Festival - Yorkton Film Festival 2017

Best Short Film - Yorkton Film Festival 2017

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