This is the story of Wojtek - a magnificent 500lb military bear who fought in World War Two alongside a band of Polish soldiers, shared their beer and cigarettes - and eventually their fate. Through understanding the life and death of this unique creature we discover new meanings to the terms immigrant, patriot, and human being.
Produced by Kasia Skibinska for Braidmade Films
UK/Poland (59 min)
Directors: Will Hood and Adam Lavis, Producers: Kat Mansoor, Kasia Skibinska, Executive producers: Monika Braid, Pinny Grylls, DOP: Wojciech Staron
Production companies: Animal Monday, Braidmade Films, TVP S.A.
Funding: BBC Scotland, Polish Film Institute, MDR
World sales: DR International Sales
contact: Charlotte Gry Madsen
T +45 3520 3040
World premiere - DOKLeipzig, 22 October 2011
UK premiere - Riverside Studios/London, 15 November 2011