Documentary films provide access to crucial information about cultural, social and historical issues that we might not otherwise be exposed to or are unable to experience firsthand.
For this December program, we are exploring explorers. If you think it gets cold in Cleveland over the winter, you'll feel downright toasty after learning about Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition to Antarctica. Sir Shackleton and his 28-man crew were set to endure a long polar winter as they attempted to cross Antarctica on foot via the South Pole.
However, what began as an exploratory expedition ended up being a story of survival. In this documentary, director George Butler uses footage that was shot by a photographer, Frank Hurley, who was part of Shackleton's crew. Hurley's footage gives the viewer a day-by-day account of how all 28 crew members were able to survive being trapped in the Antarctic cold for over 750 days.
This program is intended for those 13 years old and up.