The Sons of Great Bear

Die Söhne der Grössen Bärin
Director: Josef Mach

German Democratic Republic, Action film, western, 1966, 92 min

“The Sons of Great Bear” is a film full of stirring adventures and fights. The story tells 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 of the tribe decides to lead his people away from the reservations and take the Sons of Great Bear to a new life in Canada. The sacrifice they have to make is huge and only a few of the tribes will reach the land.

About the director:
Josef Mach (1909-1987) was born in former Czechoslovakia. He was a journalist and stage actor before becoming an assistant director of short films at Grafofilm Studio in 1938. Later he was invited by the DEFA film studios to shoot the first East German Indianerfilm western, which turned out to be enormously successful and marked Mach’s success in his film career.
Section: Red Westerns

Screenplay: Liselotte Welskopf-Henrich

Dir. of Photography: Jaroslav Tuzar

Music: Wilhelm Neef

Cast: Gojko Mitic, Jiri Vrstala, Rolf Römer, Hans Hardt-Hardtloff, Gerhard Rachold