July 7, 2011
Interview with group of
Inuit hunters and elders who clearly say our
planet is going through some changes never seen in these peoples
They are outside everyday and know what they are talking
Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change
Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change had its world premiere October
23, 2010, at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in
The complete film also streamed online simultaneously
watched by more than 1500 viewers around the world. Following the
film, a Q&A with filmmakers Zacharias Kunuk and Dr. Ian Mauro
included live call-in by Skype from viewers from Pond Inlet, New
York, Sydney, Australia and other locations.
Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat The Fast Runner)
and researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (Seeds of Change)
teamed up with Inuit communities to document their knowledge and
experience regarding climate change. This new documentary, the
world’s first Inuktitut language film on the topic, takes the viewer
“on the land” with elders and hunters to explore the social and
ecological impacts of a warming Arctic.
This unforgettable film
helps us to appreciate Inuit culture and expertise regarding
environmental change and indigenous ways of adapting to it.
Exploring centuries of Inuit knowledge, allowing the viewer to learn
about climate change first-hand from Arctic residents themselves,
the film portrays Inuit as experts regarding their land and wildlife
and makes it clear that climate change is a human rights issue
affecting this ingenious Indigenous culture.
Hear stories about
Arctic melting and how Inuit believe that human and animal
intelligence are key to adaptability and survival in a
Community-based screenings of the film are now being organized