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The Orphan and the Polar Bear

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Catalogue Number:  TPI017
Producer:  Taqqut Productions
Subject:  Arts, Canadian Social Studies, Character Education, Children's Stories, First Nations Studies, Guidance, Indigenous Peoples, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  PreK - 2, 3 - 5, 6 - 8
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2013
Running Time:  9:00

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According to Inuit oral history, long ago animals had the power of speech, could shift their appearances, and could even assume human form. In The Orphan and the Polar Bear, a neglected orphan is adopted by a polar bear elder. Under the bear’s guidance, the little orphan learns the skills he will need to survive and provide for himself.

BONUS MATERIAL: Includes 40 page book study exploring Inuit culture through legends and discusses important themes like bullying and perseverance. As they participate in reading, writing, oral communication, comprehension, and reflection activities, students will become more knowledgeable about the following topics of study: what makes a story a legend, what are the different parts of a story and what it would be like to be an author.

Based on the best selling book by Sakiasi Qaunaq.

WINNER: Yorkton Film Festival

WINNER: Montreal First Peoples’ Festival

SENE Film Festival

Audience Choice Award, Best Animated Film, SENE Film Festival (2014)

Best Animation, West Chester International Short Film Festival (2014)

Best Animated Short, Mount Dora Family Film Festival (2014)

Best Animation, Montreal First Peoples’ Festival (2014)

Best Animation, Fort McMurray International Film Festival (2014)

Best Short Film by Adults about/for Children, Auburn International Film Festival (2014)

Honourable Mention: Canadian Short Drama, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (2014)

Audience Favorite: Animated Short, Roseville Film & Animation Festival (2014)

Audience Award: Animation, Praxis Film Festival (2015)

Best Director (Fiction), Yorkton Film Festival (2015)

Best Animation (Nominee), Long Island International Film Expo (2015)

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