Die Söhne der Großen Bärin

The Sons of Great Bear

The Sons of Great Bear is a film about the unrelenting fight for freedom of the Dakota tribe at a time when almost every other Indian tribe had yielded to the white man. A young chief decides to lead his people away from the reservations and take the Sons of Great Bear to a new life in Canada. The road is arduous, their enemies dog their heels, the sacrifice they have to make is huge and only a few tribes will reach the land where a new life can begin. Good guys (the Indians) and bloodthirsty villains (the white settlers) in this ‘righteous Western’ peek from behind the Iron Curtain to convince the people of the Eastern Bloc of the boons of the system they live in. (Miroljub Vuckovic)

Director's Biography
JOSEF MACH, 1909-1987, Tschechoslowakei. Mach war Schauspieler, Drehbuchautor und Regisseur. Bekannt wurde er mit Die Söhne der Grossen Bärin. Er drehte Filme in den unterschiedlichsten Genres: Polit-Drama, Komödie, Märchen und Western.

Filme (Auswahl): Revolte im Dorf (Upheavals in the Village, 1949), Ratzek findet Anschluss (Ratzek Gets Connected, 1950), Bittere Liebe (Bitter Love, 1958), Schwarze Panther (Black Panthers, 1966), Dem Narbengesicht auf der Spur (Scarface on Your Trail, 1971), Ein stiller Amerikaner in Prag (A Quiet American in Prague, 1977)
Special · Eröffnungsfilme | Opening Films 2011
Josef Mach
DDR 1966
98 minutes
German version
Screenplay Liselotte Welskopf-Henrich
Cinematography Jaroslav Tuzar
Editing Ilse Peters
Sound/Sounddesign Bernd Gerwien
Music Wilhelm Neef
With Gojko Mitić, Jiri Vrstala, Rolf Römer, Hans Hardt-Hardtloff, Gerhard Rachold