Bear 71

Take 20 minutes.

Find 20 minutes this evening or this weekend and visit this website.

Bear 71 is web-based interactive documentary about a bear that lived and died in Canada’s Banff National Park.

And it’s told from the bear’s point of view.

I’ve included a few screen grabs here, but you really need to dive in. You’ll see footage of bears and elk and ravens. And because Bear 71 was tracked by a radio tag, you’ll be able to follow this bear’s journey.

What makes this documentary so effective is not just its focus on one bear’s journey, but it’s effective use of first-person point of view. You get inside the bear’s head. You understand what she can smell and see and the challenges she faces in dealing with people and highways and railways.

Bear 71 was created by Leanne Allison and Jeremy Mendes and co-created and produced by the National Film Board of Canada.


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