Watch the whole documentary from AntroBlogi YouTube channel, English and Finnish subtitles are available:
Full-Length Documentary Film
Documentary Film was premiered at Cultureels Film Festival in Kino Engel cinema, Helsinki. There were 245 people attending the festival. Core production team consisted of Suvi Jaakkola (director, script) anthropologist and science journalist from AntroBlogi and videographer Gennady Kurushin (video production). Synopsis: About 3000 polar bears live in the Svalbard archipelago close to a small human community. A polar bear is the symbol of Svalbard, and its presence in nature is bound to the daily life of locals in many ways. 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.