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QUEEN WITHOUT LAND (DRONNING UTEN LAND)
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
NORWAY 2018, 70 min Director ASGEIR HELGESTAD
The majestic landscape of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, is home to gentle Frost, a polar bear mother, and her romping, rambunctious cubs, captured in affectionate and intimate detail by wildlife photographer and filmmaker Asgeir Helgestad. Over the course of four years, Helgestad tracks and documents the lives of the bears, as well as native foxes, reindeer, seals, walrus, birds, and blue whales—a breathtaking and beautiful ecosystem imminently impacted by rising temperatures and glaciers melting at record speed. Queen Without Land dramatically showcases this epic territory of towering mountains, narrow fjords, and flowering meadows, the dynamic wildlife that populates the land, and the myriad modern threats to its future.
ASGEIR HELGESTAD is an award-winning stills and film photographer, producer, and director from Norway. His love for nature and passion for capturing the perfect image shine through his work. How we treat this beautiful planet is always part of his projects. The vast landscapes of the Arctic, with its unique light and majestic animals, have captured his focus.
|RUNNING TIME:||70 min|
|LANGUAGE:||Norwegian and English|
|EDITORS:||Inge-Lise Langfeldt, Mette Cheng Munthekaas, Asgeir Helgestad|
|PRINT SOURCE:||Asgeir Helgestad|
Smithsonian Channel — 44’ version My Journey with a Polar Bear
|NOTE WRITER:||Leah LoSchiavo|