Saga of the Ancient Forest. Part VI: The Tale of a Wild Boar. The Price of Independence 

Duration: 52’ 00”   
Original format: 16:9 SD
Format after the revitalization: 16: 9 HD
Sound: 5.1, 2.0

Series idea, screenplay and direction: Bożena Walencik, Jan Walencik
Cinematography: Jan Walencik
Assistants: Andrzej Muśko
Sound: Bożena Walencik, Jan Walencik
Sound effects: Jan Walencik
Narrator’s tale: Bożena Walencik, Jan Walencik
Narrator: Krzysztof Gosztyła
Music: Michał Lorenc
Orchestration: Tadeusz Karolak, Michał Lorenc
Performing music: Polish Radio Orchestra, Michał Lorenc
Conductor: Tadeusz Karolak
Soloists: Mohammad Rasouli – ney flute, Marcin Pospieszalski – keyboards, Marta Maślanka – percussion instruments, Agnieszka Bemowska – harp
Recording and ripping music: Rafał Paczkowski
Music consultation: Zbigniew Zbrowski, Małgorzata Przedpełska-Bieniek
Image and sound editing: Bożena Walencik, Jan Walencik
Assembly cooperation: Maciej Walencik
Image post-production: The Chimney Pot, Jędrzej Sabliński – Producer, Edyta Sęk, Rafał Golis – Production organization, Łukasz Huptyś – Color correction, Aleksandra Kraus – Negative transfer, Natasza Wróblewska – On-line assembly, Paweł Falkowski – Credits
Sound post-production: Zbigniew Malecki – Sound realization and development, Andrzej Kowal – Technology coordination, Sound & More Przemysław Gorlas, Michał Jankowski, Paweł Łuczak – Sound preparation
Production organization: Krzysztof Komar
Collaboration: Jerzy Jakutowicz
Laboratory: Documentary and Feature Film Studio in Warsaw
Negative: Kodak Vision Super 16
Animal breeding: Bożena Walencik, Jan Walencik. Krzysztof Komar
Collaboration: Jerzy Gwaj, Paweł Szymański, Basia Romanowska, Jadwiga Krzywińska, Armin Kobus
Veterinary care: Mariusz Miniuk
Balloon pilot: Jerzy Czerniawski
Powered hang glider pilot: Zbigniew Kędziora
Co-operation: Białowieża National Park, Ministry of Education
Lead Editor: Ewa Chrabąszcz-Smoczyńska

In a starring role: Kuba, the wild boar
Keepers of the Reserve: Andrzej Dziedzik, Andrzej Sawicki, Jerzy Lisicki
Carpenters: Jan Ptaszyński, Dariusz Ptaszyński, Jerzy Gwaj, Zbigniew Świerszcz
Sawers: employees of Grzegorz Wasilewsk’s Forestry Services Plant
Farmers: residents of Białowieża
Bison breeders: Arkadiusz Buszko, Roman Superson, Aleksander Waszkiewicz
Vole trappers: Arkadiusz Arasim, Andrzej Muśko
Hunter I: Jerzy Glad
Hunter II: Krzysztof Komar
Moonshiner: Eugeniusz Parchotik

The authors would like to thank the following for their help in making the film: employees of the Białowieża National Park, Białowieża Forest District, Hajnówka Forest District, Browsk Forest District, Department of Mammal Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Białowieża, pupils of Primary School No. 7 in Ostrołęka and Wildlife Park in Kadzidłowo, Border Guard Guards in Białowieża, Roman Catholic Parish in Białowieża, Tomasz Werkowski, Krzysztof Musiński, Janusz Bykowski, Jerzy Pańkowski. Special thanks to Zofia Żukowska

Production: Film Agency for Program 1 of TVP S.A.
Lead time: 2000–2007
End of production: 2007 (end of series production: 2009)
Revitalization to HD: 2015–2016
Premiere: 07.12.2010

Frames from the film (QUOTES).

For years since I started filming, this thought has been torturing me: What does it feel like to be a wild animal? A wolf, raven, bison, beaver, or ant? To overstep the boundaries of feeling of man and animal. To find in myself the purest ability to see, hear, and feel. Unafraid of the wildness of the forest, to feel being its part, the unbridled wildness.

QUOTE. Excerpt from the film Saga of the Ancient Forest. Part VI: The Tale of a Wild Boar. The Price of Independence. Directed by Bożena Walencik, Jan Walencik. Source: TVP.

A wild boar born on a reserve, living in a large herd of cousins, chooses to live alone – in a free primeval forest. HE pays a high price for his independence: HE leaves his family refuge. Familiarity with people makes HIM stand one step away from death. In the end, he returns home. Unnecessarily…

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