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Documentary Premiere at Cultureels Film Festival

Our first documentary Naapurina jääkarhu (My neighbour, the polar bear) was premiered at Cultureels Film Festival in Helsinki. The premiere and the festival were very successful, according to organizers all the tickets were sold out and the audience enjoyed watching the movie.

The event has reached at least 22 000 people on social media and there were 245 people visiting the event in total. The main premiere took place in Kino Engel cinema. We would like to warmly thank Cultureels for showing our documentary and organizing such a wonderful event!

Our team consisted of Suvi Jaakkola (director, script) anthropologist and science journalist from AntroBlogi and videographer Gennady Kurushin (video production) as well as Sanna Rauhala (narration) and Ninnu Koskenalho (subtitles).

Summary of the Documentary Film

Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. In addition to a small human community, about 3000 polar bears live in the Svalbard region. A polar bear is the symbol of the archipelago and visible in all kinds of things related to Svalbard. The presence of polar bears in nature is bound to the daily life of locals in multiple ways.

A team consisting of a cultural anthropologist and a videographer travelled to Svalbard in June 2018 to find out, what kind of relationship the locals have with the polar bears and the surrounding arctic nature, and what kind of sociocultural meaning the polar bear has in the local community. The film summarizes the ethnographic findings, hand in hand with the stories and interviews of the locals.

Now you can watch the whole documentary from AntroBlogi YouTube channel with English or Finnish subtitles:

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