New Zealand Edition
Christchurch Oct 10th, 17th, 18th, 2020
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Polar Film Festival 2019 Program
Admiral Byrd and The Dogs of His Expeditions (0:02:40)
Dir. Pamela I. Theodotou
From The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, this film features footage from the 1933 Byrd Antarctic Expeditions.
Anaiyyuun: Prayer for the Whale (0:08:18)
Dir. Kiliii Yuyan
Iñupiaq people in the village of Utqiagviq, Alaska have waited for the annual migration of bowhead whales for more than 2000 years.
Angry Inuk (1:19:00)
Dir. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
Seal hunting, a critical part of Inuit life, has been controversial for a long time. Now, a new generation of Inuit, armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, are challenging the anti-sealing groups and bringing their own voices into the conversation.
Defending the Arctic Refuge (0:20:00)
Dir. Jeremy La Zelle, Kristin Gates
Documenting an expedition through Gwinch’in lands assessing the impact of Arctic drilling on the people and animals.
Feel the Inukness (0:03:46)
Dir. Becky Qilavvaq
This quirky short film stars actor Anguti Johnston step dancing around Iqaluit to a Celtic jig, which is similar to the footwork at Inuit celebrations.
A Fight for the Arctic (0:26:20)
Dir. Andreas Ewels, Prod. Norbert Porta
The Arctic ice is retreating due to climate change. The region’s once inaccessible raw materials have caught the attention of major world powers. And the tourism industry has also discovered the Arctic for their interests. More and more further north, the cruise ships come to previously untouched regions.
Guilt Trip (0:35:00)
Dir. Anthony Bonello, Mike Douglas
The only thing greater than this group of skier's desire to claim a first descent on Greenland's second highest peak is the size of their carbon footprint to get there. Loaded with guilt, they decide to bring along renowned glaciologist, Alun Hubbard, who’s scientific hypothesis, if proven, could rewrite popular projections of global sea-level rise.
Ice Alive (0:20:00)
Dir. Chris Hadfield, Joseph Cook, Eddie Frost
Joseph Cook takes a closer look at the microbial life that can be found all over the planet's glaciers and ice sheets.
In Nansen's Footsteps (0:45:00) [World Premiere]
Dir. Keith Parsons, Rick Harvie
In 2018, Antarctic Heritage Trust took four young explorers 560 km across the Greenland ice cap in an epic expedition honouring Fridtjof Nansen’s first crossing 130 years ago.
The Islands and the Whales (1:21:00)
Dir. Mike Day
The whale hunters of the Faroe Islands believe that hunting is vital to their way of life, but, when a local professor makes a grim discovery about the effects of marine pollution, environmental changes threaten their way of life forever.
Knud Rasmussen: The Great Enchanter
Prod. Louise Birik Petersen, Henrik Zein
Cinematography by Morten Kruger, Jakob Johansen, Nordisk FIlm
The personal story of the great Danish Hero Knud Rasmussen, the head of several polar expeditions spanning three decades. Original footage and images.
Mt. Scott - Antarctic Heritage Trust (00:08:50)
Dir. Simon Lucas
The Antarcitc Heritage Trust Inspiring Explorers set off to Climb Mt. Scott in February 2017. The team included William Pike, Isobel Ewing, Simon Lucas, Sylvie Admore and Nigel Watson. Shown at the New Zealand Edition of the Polar Film Festival.
Past Ice / Future Ice (0:03:00)
Dir. Jamey Stutz
A fact-packed science film journey to David Glacier, Antarctica which frames modern ice changes in a historical context and informs predictions of the future Antarctic Ice Sheet and global sea level.
Pulling Teeth from a Polar Bear (0:18:05)
Prod. Jacqueline Allegra Curnick
This documentary takes viewers to remote St. Lawrence Island in Alaska to hear from members of the Yupik community who have been affected by toxins in the environment.
Dir. Dan Lin
Two indigenous poets - one from the Marshall Islands and another from Greenland - meet at the source of our rising seas to share a moment of solidarity.
Sami Blood (1:53:00)
Dir. Amanda Kernell
This Swedish coming-of-age drama is set in Sweden in the 1930s and concerns a 14-year-old girl who experiences prejudice at a nomad school for Sami children, and decides to escape her town and disavow her Sami heritage.
A Shifting Continent (0:13:12) [Virtual Reality]
New York Times VR Series:
Fly with scientists in a military cargo plane as they probe the structure of the Ross Ice Shelf, a Texas-size chunk of floating ice. What they discover will help predict Antarctica’s fate.
Students on Ice Expedition 2018 (0:17:33)
Between July 23 and August 7, 2018, 125 students from all over the world sailed through the Canadian High Arctic and Greenland. The expedition engaged youth in a greater understanding and appreciation for the Arctic through place-based learning on climate change, ocean conservation, sustainable development, truth & reconciliation.
Three Thousand (0:15:00)
Prod. Kat Baulus
Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe — luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recasts the past, present and future of Inuit in a radiant new light.
The Traverse (0:14:29)
Dir. Billy Collins, with Kathy Kasic
Follow the SALSA (Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access) Traverse team as they use specialized tractors to haul roughly 1,000,000 lbs of science equipment across 600 miles of the Antarctic Ice Sheet.
True North (0:04:07)
Chavala visits with members of the Arctic's Sami indigenous population to learn about their history and way of life as reindeer herders.
Under a Cracked Sky (0:09:45) [Virtual Reality]
New York Times VR Series
Prod. Jonathan Corum, Graham Roberts
Cinematography by Evan Grothjan
Underwater Cinematography by Rob Robbins, Steven Rupp
From the National Science Foundation and the United States Antarctic Program: Dive under eight feet of sea ice to swim with seals, explore ice caves and float above a dark seabed crawling with life.
What Color is a Glacier? (0:03:00)
Dir. Allen Pope
This video, compiled from 6 field seasons around the Arctic and Antarctic, shows just how complex the colors of glaciers are and why they matter.
Courtesy of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust
White Wolves: Ghosts of the Arctic (0:55:00)
Dir. Oliver Goetzl
Filmed in Ellesmere Island in Northern Canada, one of the harshest places on Earth, Geotzl follows a wolf family over a year.