Igor and the Cranes' Journey

Director: Evgeny Ruman
Genre: Drama
Countries: Israel | Poland | Germany
Year: 2012
Running Time: 90 min
Language: Russian | Polish | Hebrew with English subtitles
Date: Sunday, November 10, 3 pm
Location: The Gershman Y
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Special Event: Join Michael Kaczmarczik from the Academy of Natural Sciences and “Learn the how’s and why’s of bird migration while meeting some living raptors!”


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Since his parents’ divorce, 11-year-old Igor cherishes his yearly visits to the Russian countryside to see his dad, Peter, a world-renowned crane specialist. On an expedition with his dad, Igor witnesses the birth of hatchling Karl, and vows to watch over him. But when Igor’s mom, a choral conductor, decides to take a new job and immigrate to Israel, Igor is forced to leave his dad, his friends, and his beloved Karl behind. Feeling lost and needing his dad more than ever, Igor begins to track his father’s whereabouts through his father’s video blog on the migration patterns of a family of cranes flying from Russia to Africa. In an attempt to draw his father closer and earn acceptance from his classmates, Igor comes up with an extraordinary plan to build a watering hole for Karl and the cranes’ stopover in Israel. With exquisite cinematography and sensitive script, IGOR AND THE CRANES’ JOURNEY is a perfect film for dreamers ages 10 and up.

This film was generously underwritten by Glenmede

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*On-line ticket purchase is no longer available as of 2 hours prior to the film’s start time.  Tickets will be sold at the door, subject to availability. 

Post-film Event: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University invites guests of all ages to explore and touch actual bird specimens such as feet, wings and skulls. There will also be live birds on hand to illuminate a discussion about our fine feathered friends and their migratory practices.