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Film of the Week: Bears Islands

Bear Islands by Czech filmmaker Martin Ryšavý portrays the landscape and inhabitants of the Sakha Republic in the Russian Far East. Scheduled for release in November, the film attended the 2010 Docu Talents from the East and will be presented September 21 at the presentation New Czech Documentary Films 2010/2011.

The film was presented at the 2010 Docu Talents from the East.

On Tuesday, September 21, 2010, it will be featured in the lineup of new documentary projects presented at New Czech Documentary Films 2010/2011.



Bear Islands

Director: Ryšavý Martin
Production company: Bionaut Films

Medvědí ostrovy, Czech Republic, 60 min, HD, Adventure and Sport, Creative, Nature, Portrait, Reportage, Society, Travel

In Bear Islands, director Martin Ryšavý continues his exploration of subjects related to the Sakha Republic, or Yakutia, Russia's Far Eastern Federal District. The film captures the life of residents in the remotest part of the territory, Nizhnekolymsky Ulus. Bear Islands are located in the East Siberian Sea at the mouth of the Kolyma River. The camera follows park rangers who take care of the nature reserve as they travel to an isolated polar station through the vast space where the past meets the present. A portrait of a landscape, its history and people who inhabit it.