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The White Planet

Filmmakers Thierry Piantanida, Thierry Ragobert, and Jean Lemire explore the complex ecosystem of the Arctic in a fascinating documentary that proves the vast frozen north is much, much more than just ice and snow. The film show us the lives of polar bears, Arctic foxes, and caribou herds that move across the blinding white surface of the land and the massive Beluga whales that navigate the icy waters below.

Piantanida, Ragobert, and Lemire's film seeks not to examine one particular life form, but rather to develop our understanding of how life thrives in an uninviting terrain by documenting all four seasons in the Artic. A breathtaking look at the aurora borealis boasts nature's beauty that few who live outside of this region may have experienced, and a thoughtful meditation on the ebb and flow of life there reveals a remarkable array of life-forms that could well rival the Galápagos in terms of ecological diversity.

Director(s): Thierry Ragobert, Jean Lemire, Thierry Piantanida
Script: Thierry Piantanida, Stéphane Millière
Production: Jean Lemire, Stéphane Millière, Jean Labadie
Music: Bruno Coulais
 
Year: 2006
Duration: 86 min
Picture format: 16:9
Our age recommendation: 6
Language (audio): German, French, English
Language (subtitles): French
Country of origin: Canada, France
Shooting Locations: Canada, Russia, Greenland
 
Screening rights: Filmcoopi Zürich AG (Switzerland)
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Main topic(s): Children's film
Secondary topics: wilderness wildlife
Mentions: polar bears walrus animal snow arctic climate change
Topic Page(s): Films for Kids

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