Movie talks over World War II mortar-carrying bear
12-Nov-2012 (3 comments)

A beer-drinking bear who saw action in World War II could be in line to be the subject of a Hollywood film.

Wojtek - dubbed the "Soldier Bear" - was adopted by Polish troops and helped them carry ammunition at the Battle of Monte Cassino.

After the war he lived in Scotland at Hutton in Berwickshire, before ending his days in Edinburgh Zoo.

Belfast writer and director Brendan Foley has bought the rights to the bear's "remarkable story".

Wojtek - also known as Voytek - was rescued as a cub in the Middle East in 1943.

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Darius Kadivar

Indeed Ryszard Jan ... ;0(

by Darius Kadivar on

Your excellent article is what made me discover Wojtek's extraordinary story in the first place i

So sad to read how the Western Media overlooks anything positive or original when related to Iran.

I am not even sure that it is entirely due to their ignorance ... the BBC knows perfectly what it is doing when it tries to dissolve the slightest reference to Iran or Persia in such articles of general interest.

I recently saw the same type of "apparent" ignorance displayed in a French TV magazine claiming that Monica Bellucci's latest film : 'Rhino Season' was a Turkish film when in fact it is an Iranian film shot by an Iranian director with Iranian Actors ( Behrouz Vossoughi, Arash) about an Iranian theme and was only shot in Turkey.

I don't know how to qualify such dismissal ... To claim they are "racist" won't go down as objective when speaking about a 'Bear' after all ... But well ... there is something which flirts with cultural prejudice when it comes to anything related to Iran which could have the slightest postive impact.


But I think we Iranians are largely responsible for this ... From Prince to Pauper we have become Schizophrenic on many levels to the degree of Self denial ... 


Sigh ... 

Ryszard Antolak

Hollywood Wojtek

by Ryszard Antolak on

If we do finally get a Hollywood Wojtek, it's likely to be a very strangely distorted version of the story.

Hollywood and Truth rarely sit well together.

Darius Kadivar

No Mention it's an Iranian Bear ?

by Darius Kadivar on