Wojtek - the Bear that Went to War (2011)

UK/Poland, Documentary, 59 min.

This is the story of Wojtek - a magnificent 500lb military bear who fought in World War Two alongside a band of Polish soldiers, shared their beer and cigarettes - and eventually their fate. Through understanding the life and death of this unique creature we discover new meanings to the terms immigrant, patriot, and human being.


Director Will Hood and Adam Lavis

Producers Katrina Mansoor, Kasia Skibinska

Executive Producers Monika Braid, Pinny Grylls

Cinematographer Wojciech Staron

Narrator Brian Blessed

Production Companies
Animal Monday, Braidmade Films, TVP S.A. 

Funding BBC Scotland, Polish Film Institute, MDR