Bhutan – The Kind Kingdom

the Robert Bateman Centre

October 3 2018

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


The Bateman Foundation Nature Talks Series Presents: Bhutan – The Kind Kingdom film screening by Peter Prince 

A JOURNEY ON THE WINGS OF HEAVENLY BIRDS: The high flying “heavenly bird” of the Himalayas, the mythical Black Necked Crane, is the muse for BHUTAN – THE KIND KINGDOM, a film that plays like a love song for Bhutan. The 55 minute documentary gives voice to Bhutan’s endangered Cranes and explores the vibrant cultural traditions and enlightened conservation initiatives of this enchanting Buddhist nation.

The versatile, intrepid Salt Spring Island filmmaker/musician Peter Prince, engages with the wonders of nature and the richness of memory, in his multi-layered new film, BHUTAN – The Kind Kingdom (2018). A story of cultural adaptation and celebration set in Bhutan’s remote Phobjikha Valley; where global influences challenge subsistence farmers and their traditional way of life. At stake is a magnificent alpine ecosystem – the habitat of the beloved Black Necked Crane.

Conservationists work with the community to encourage sustainable preservation practices and help organize the annual Black Necked Crane Festival. From 17th century fortress monasteries (Dzongs), to the ritual blessings of Buddhist monks; haunting folk songs and mesmerizing masked dances; the festival draws attention to the plight of the endangered Cranes, and helps foster conservation alliances among farm families of isolated mountain villages and visitors from around the world.

The people’s strong sense of national identity and spirit of reverence for the mythical “heavenly birds” emerges through Peter Princeʼs lens. His music and narration complement the soundtrack as the journey sheds light on the tiny kingdom’s remarkable history, artistry and ancient spiritual beliefs – beliefs that inspire a profound sense of environmental and social responsibility.

Date: Wed. October 3rd, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm Opening reception hosted by Spinnakers BrewPub

7:15 pm – 9 pm Speaker presentation and documentary feature: BHUTAN – THE KIND KINGDOM

Location: The Robert Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville St. Victoria BC

Tickets: $10 for non-members, Robert Bateman Centre Members are FREE.

Peter Prince Biography

Peter Prince was born in Toronto, in a working class Slovenian immigrant family of six children. During the late 70s he studied filmmaking at Ryerson University. While working in the Film/TV industry, he honed his skills in Toronto, Saskatoon, Vancouver and Victoria. Since 1987, the father of four has lived on Salt Spring Island, BC.

Heʼs taken his filmmaker’s eye and musician’s soul, from the Haida Gwaii to the Himalayas and beyond. His award-winning films have aired on networks in over 60 countries. As a producer, director, cinematographer and editor for the NFB, CBC, National Geographic, Knowledge and various NGOs, heʼs created documentaries about the natural world––focused on stories that negotiate human usage with wildlife needs. Such as, ReDiscovery: The Eagle’s Gift (1985), about a transformative wilderness experience for First Nation’s youth in the Haida Gwaii. Salt Spring Island Discovery(2007), recalls the islandʼs early days, its links to coastal First Nations, and its battle to save beautiful Burgoyne Bay from development. During the past three decades, heʼs also produced seven albums of his original music and soundtracks for film and television. Evocative imagery and honest emotion are standards of his craft as he continues to discover new means of using media to communicate.

To help the Cranes worldwide and aid conservation in Bhutan please visit:
International Crane Foundation –
Royal Society for the Protection of Nature –

Thank you to our community sponsor Spinnakers Brewpub for their support and contributions to the Nature Talks Speaker Series!