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Polar Bear Project

The Polar Bear Project is a documentary about the Inuit village of Inukjuak, Nunavik, looking back on the hundred years since Nanook of the North was first released and toward the next hundred years. The film focuses on the land and how it will evolve in the changing climate and how the Inuit way of life will evolve with it.

The documentary is made in collaboration and with the approval of the Mayor's Office and Council of Inukjuak.

The project is named Polar Bear because of the beauty, rarity and almost mystical ideology that goes with the white bear in the collective imagination, but also because Robert J. Flaherty’s 1922 docu-drama, Nanook of the North, was shot in Inukjuak - nanook or nanoq being the protagonist’s nickname which means polar bear in Inuktitut.

It feels right to present a reality-based portrait of Nunavik today that reprises the name and uses it as a paradox with the non-realism of Flaherty’s film, as well as the impressive animal as a representative of the region.

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The Team

Hannah Walti
Hannah is a French filmmaker. She grew up in southern Québec and moved to London to study filmmaking at the Met Film School in Ealing Studios. She now lives and works in Paris, France. As a director, she believes in exploring and widening her understanding of the world by seeking and telling exceptional stories outside of the mainstream. She’s worked on documentaries about remote and/or isolated communities, including cloistered nuns in London and a clinic for children with intellectual deficiencies.

Mauro Fernandez
Mauro was born in Uruguay. He got his bachelor's at the Universidad Católica del Uruguay, studied cinematography at Maine Media Workshops and got his Master of Fine Arts in Film Production at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. His passion for travel and different cultures led him to live in various corners of the world, manifesting a unique vision and perspective in each one of his projects. He was awarded with the Theatrical Teamster's Scholarship, NYU Grad Film Scholarship, and a Willard T. C. Johnson Fellowship. Mauro gravitates between New York and his home country.

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