The chants of whooper swans announce a short summer. Karelia‘s unique nature is veiled in light. Black grouse display and brown bears range the taiga for food. Four months later, the swans leave again. A last flash of polar lights - and winter is back.

Director: René Kirschey

René was born in 1966 in Berlin. He finished high school and his professional training in Neubrandenburg. In 1986.
From 1988 until 1985 he worked at the theatre in Anklam in acting, directing and techical director.
In 1995 he started as editor for several TV stations: VOX, ORB, DW, MDR, RTL, VIVA, Pro, NDR
Since 1997 he works mainly as scientific journalist for serials like: “Einsteins Erben”, SFB / “Galileo”, Pro7 / “ARD Ratgeber Gesundheit”, SFB / “Quivive”, SFB / “nano” ZDF-3sat / “scobel” ZDF-3sat / Wirtschaftsmagazin “makro” ZDF-3sat

Director: Dr. Axel Gebauer

Born in Döbeln (Saxonia) Axel wanted to be a zoo director at the age of 12 – and succeeded. After graduating in biology the zoologist became director of the Tierpark Görlitz. He accompanied expeditions to India, Russia, China and Antartica. He published dozens of scientific articles about the wildlife in Antarctica, Tibet and Germany. Since 1975 he is on tour with his camera and made his hobby his profession. Since 2011 Axel works as freelance wildlife photographer and film maker for “Wildes Deutschland – Die Lausitz”, “Der Große Kaukasus”, “North America’s Natural Wonders – Saguaro National Park” and others.

44 Min.
Director: René Kirschey, Dr. Axel Gebauer
Script: Axel Gebauer, René Kirschey
Cinematography: Axel Gebauer, René de Greve
Editing: René Kirschey
Music: Steffen Kaltschmid
Narrator: Anne Moll, Clemens Gerhard
Editor: Ralf Fronz (MDR), Ralf Quibeldey (NDR)
Nominations: Best Score 2015
Website URL: www.doclights.de