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.
UK/Poland, 59 mins, HD, documentary.
dir. 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