Bear 71

March 2017 | By NFB, Jam3, IDFA Doclab, Sound & Vision

Bear 71 VR is a live-rendered Web VR documentary that explores the disconnect between humans, animals and nature caused by the way we live our lives and see the world through the lens of technology.


Bear 71 is an interactive documentary produced by the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada. Originally built in Flash, Bear 71 was released in 2011 to critical acclaim. The backbone of the experience is a 23 minute track of audio and video, highlighting the relationship between humans, nature, technology, and one particular brown bear. The viewer is a voyeur in a world of information represented as an abstract grid of symbols. Surprisingly, this doesn't hamper the emotional story within, and it should be experienced first-hand to be understood.