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  Information - TM7 Trapped voluntarily under the Antarctic Ice (a film commented by Roland Schlich)

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TRAPPED VOLUNTARILY UNDER THE ANTARCTIC ICE is a film by Djamel Tahi, presented and commented by Roland Schlich.

The 1st July 1957 marked the beginning of the International Geophysical Year. The scientific world decided to explore the Antarctic. Twelve nations would join efforts to initiate a vast research programme aimed at penetrating the mysteries of the white continent. Three Frenchmen, Jacques Dubois, a meteorologist, Roland Schlich, a geophysicist, and Claude Lorius, a glaciologist, would occupy the Charcot station built near the magnetic South Pole and located 320 km from the centre of the Antarctic continent for a whole year without any possibility of relief.

They would hibernate from January 1957 to January 1958 in an aluminium barrack only 24 m² in size buried under the ice protected from the polar cold and wind. Today, Claude Lorius of the Laboratory of Glaciology and Geophysics of the Environnement, Grenoble, and Roland Schlich of the School and Observatory of Earth Sciences, Strasbourg, are the last witnesses of this hibernation and they remember…. This film traces this human and scientific adventure, thanks to their evidence and unpublished documents, filmed 50 years ago.

Note: This is a short film of 24 minutes, in French version, shot in May 2007 in preparation of a 60 minute documentary, entitled « Enterrés Volontaires au Cœur de l’Antarctique » and produced by Terra Incognita and the CNRS. This documentary was shown for the first time by the Public Sénat chain on 9th February 2008. The English version of this film will be available in principal by 2009.

Co-organised with CR1 The International Polar Year 2007 - 2008 (co-listed in AS, BG, CL, HS & OS)

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