Entry 22-568 | France | 2021 | 50’ | Language: English | Subtitles: Estonian

Raccoons, survival Warriors

Pesukarud, ellujäämissõdalased

While all over the world many species are under threat, raccoons are experiencing unprecedented expansion. Behind their innocent and cute look, hides an outstanding survivor's temperament, capable of anything to feed and defend themselves. Omnivorous, curious, intelligent, and super-adaptable, raccoons turn out to be really good at overcoming every challenge they are confronted with. But how did these crafty critters manage to survivre in both the wild and urban environment? What make them so smart? And how did they flourish so quickly throughout the world? Over the course of a summer, this film follows a litter of young raccoons from birth to adulthood, on the wild island of Georgia, USA. Close-ups, subjective camera and underwater footage take us as close as possible to these pint-size creatures to reveal how they have become such amazingly adaptable animals.

Original title: Le Raton Laveur, Roi du Survivalisme


Emma Baus
David Wright, Edmond Carrere
Rémi Dumas
Arthur B. Gillette, Jennifer E. Hutt
Sylvie Randonneix
Production Company
Nord-Ouest Documentaires
Contact of presenter / Director


Special Mention
Jury: We thought that this film was charming from the off. The “masked bandit” is a far more interesting and complex animal than might first be thought. With her intimate portrait of a raccoon family Emma Baus impressively manages to convey the world of this survivalist to a broad audience. The film puts you firmly on the side of the featured racoons, as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life, and other species, and could well do much for the pest-like reputation of these adorable-looking mammals, egg-farmers aside! Well, in North America anyway, where they are not an invasive species!

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