March of the Penguins (2005) is a documentary co-written and directed by Luc Jacquet about the annual back and forth 70-mile walk Emperor penguins take in order to find a mate and raise a baby chick in the harsh climate of Antarctica, where the average temperature is 58 degrees below 0.
Life is a beautiful struggle: splendor and sadness co-exist for us all.
Narrator (Morgan Freeman): “With the wind’s return, the temperature drops. This year, winter’s going out with a bang. This is the first storm for the new chicks, and many of them will not survive it. When the winds stop, the search for lost chicks begins. Some have kept warm by huddling together. Others have not been so lucky. The loss is unbearable. Every year, some bereft mother will respond to her agony in an unimaginable way. Having lost her own chick, she will attempt to steal another’s. But the group will not allow it. Back in it’s mother’s care, the chick is not eager to leave again. Despite having known each other only a few days, the bond between mother and child is surprisingly strong. In the next few weeks, it will only grow stronger. Winter’s grip slowly weakens, and the chicks begin to run free. Some need a little encouragement, but eventually, they all find their way.”
- 10 Lessons ‘March of the Penguins’ Taught Me About Success and the ROI of Risk (culturalweekly.com)