WOJTEK - THE BEAR THAT WENT TO WAR (2011)
UK/Poland/Germany, 59 mins, Documentary
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.
World Premiere - DOKLeipzig, 22 October 2011
UK Premiere - Riverside Studios/London, 15 November 2011
Directors: Will Hood and Adam Lavis, Producers: Kat Mansoor, Kasia Skibinska, Executive Producers: Monika Braid, Pinny Grylls, Cinematographer: Wojciech Staron, Narrator: Brian Blessed
Production companies: Animal Monday, Braidmade Films, TVP S.A.
Funding: BBC Scotland, Polish Film Institute, MDR