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“To the Arctic” at the Maritime Aquarium

Follow along as a mother polar bear tries to raise her two cubs in a harsh world that is only getting harsher in “To the Arctic,” anIMAX movie at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. ”To the Arctic” is a story of love, family and survival in the harshest place on Earth. It documents several animal families, including a mother polar bear fiercely determined to keep her 7-month-old twin cubs alive in the face of natural predators and a rapidly changing climate. Through the film, audiences also will travel with a pounding herd of caribou that journeys for miles to their calving ground; plunge into the ethereal underwater world of waltzing walruses; and nearly see their breath as they gaze across snow-bound peaks and a vast expanse of the Arctic Ocean, an exquisite spectacle of sapphire white.

Five years in the making, “To the Arctic” was directed by Greg MacGillivray, whose previous films – including “Everest” and the Academy Award-nominees “The Living Sea” and “Dolphins” – have been among the most popular ever at The Maritime Aquarium.

“I’ve wanted to make a film about the Arctic for a long time,” MacGillivray said in a released statement. “I was still unprepared for what I found in the far North. Everything exists on a grand scale and the sky seems to stretch into eternity.” However, he said, with average temperatures in the Arctic rising two times faster than anywhere else, the region’s once-permanent ice pack is shrinking and may not exist by 2050. Such a reality would affect more than polar bears, so MacGillivray’s response was to establish the One World One Ocean Foundation to create awareness and support for the protection of the planet’s oceans.

“We think audiences will love the compelling story of this polar bear family and the film’s call for environmental conservation,” said Chris Loynd, the Aquarium’s marketing director. “Plus the cinematography is stunning, the film is eloquently narrated by Meryl Streep and it has great music by Paul McCartney. We’re also very excited to offer it at The Maritime Aquarium as part of its worldwide release.”

“To the Arctic” will show through Jan. 17 at 1& 3 p.m. daily in Connecticut’s largest IMAX theater, with a screen that’s six stories high.

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Ryan Odinak