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Must watch: The Nature of Things presents Polar Bears: A Summer Odyssey

Written by Adam Ravetch, Arctic Bear Productions

Hi, my name is Adam Ravetch and I was part of a team that spent the last year making a polar bear movie called Polar Bears: A Summer Odyssey. After 20 years of working in the Arctic, I believe it is one of the most relevant films I have made.

Airing on Sunday, April 8th, 2012 at 7PM on CBC’s David Suzuki’s The Nature of Things,  “Polar Bears: A Summer Odyssey“, is a fabulous story that follows a young male bear’s epic migration through the icy waters of Hudson Bay and on land.

In his first summer alone without his mother to guide and feed him, this young bear struggles to survive.  His story is  set against the biggest environmental story of our time: climate change.

It was one of the hottest summers on record. He’s a white bear in a green world.  The polar bear’s curiosity, instincts and intelligence are his only defense against a fast-changing world.

As the ice-free season in the Arctic grows longer, so does the time the bears spend on land. With little or no food, hordes of biting insects, and intense pressure from other bears, it is unbearable!

We witnessed the wisdom and commitment of a protective mother bear and the seemingly ferocious social rituals of massive male bears. “Polar Bears: A Summer Odyssey” features breath-taking cinematography shot over twelve months, capturing some rarely witnessed polar bear behavior.

This is the polar bear like you’ve never seen it before. Underwater cinematography, helicopter cameras and radio-controlled truck cams follow the polar bear everywhere he goes. And – for the first time ever – polar bear collar-cams take you into the bears’ world.


A helicopter camera in action (C) Pierre Dunnigan

You will be awed at the access to these bears, as the stakes of survival couldn’t be any higher.  Check out the trailer and be sure to tune in this Sunday!

Special thanks to Arcadia Content and Parthenon Entertainment who made this film possible.


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