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NO HORIZON ANYMORE

From summer to winter and back again, No Horizon Anymore takes you on a journey few have experienced. Fewer than 2,000 people have spent the austral winter at the South Pole Station. The film follows members of the 2009 winterover crew as they share their views on the interactions, the people, the environment, and the science that takes place during a busy year. After the sun sets, the crew succumbs to six months of inky darkness. Certain levels of ‘toastiness’ set in as routines are interrupted, and limits are tested. The only cure for claustrophobia is an unattainable outside world. With rare footage of the austral winter at 90-S, this film a must see for polar enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

North

Svalbard is an archipelago high within the Arctic Circle. In 1920, a treaty known as the Svalbard Act was signed by several nations recognising Norwegian sovereignty over the islands, and declaring the whole region a demilitarized zone. This is a short film about how Svalbard, over the course of recent history, became increasingly linked to developments in climate science. Much of the footage was shot whilst on residency above the Arctic Circle in 2010.

People of a Feather – trailer

Featuring groundbreaking footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes you through time into the world of Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay. Connecting past present and future is a unique cultural relationship with the eider duck.

For more information, please visit the film website and its associated Arctic Eider Society page.

IMIQUTAILAQ: PATH OF THE ARCTIC TERN

The film chronicles a life-altering journey from one end of the Earth to the other, by two Inuit teens (Terry Noah and Jason Qaapiq) from Grise Fiord, Nunavut, Canada’s northernmost Arctic community, to the bottom of the world, Antarctica. The journey was the dream of the late Dr. Fritz Koerner (1932-2008), the irreverent and legendary glaciologist whom the people of Grise Fiord named “Imiqutailaq” (Arctic Tern), after the little seabird that flies from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back each year. The documentary touches on Fritz’s 50 years traveling pole to pole, studying the ice, and how he wanted these Inuit youth to better understand the impacts of climate change, and inspire everyone to do something about protecting the poles and the planet.

Frozen in Time: Mawson’s Huts, Antarctica

A short preview version of Frozen in Time – the first fulldome movie shot in Antarctica. It documents the site of Mawson’s Huts, Cape Denison – where the historic remains of the buildings erected by the 1911–1914 Australasian Antarctic Expedition exist to this day. These remarkable wooden structures have survived nearly 100 years in one of the most extreme environments on Earth – Cape Denison is the windiest place on our planet at sea level. The buildings are filled with evocative artefacts left by expeditioners, providing a fascinating insight into early Antarctic exploration.

Living with the Inugguit

In 2010, Dr. Stephen Leonard embarked on a year-long trip to live with the Inugguit of north-west Greenland, the northernmost settled people on Earth. His aim was to record the language, stories and songs of these communities. The traditional life of the community and its future is potentially threatened by a number of factors, one of which is climate change. Dr. Leonard lived as a member of those communities, travelled on hunts, and recorded and filmed as he went. Here he talks about some of his experiences and reflects on a year spent in the midst of a fading culture.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier’s UN COP-17 lecture

Archived live webcast: “Not the Time to COP Out” – Sheila Watt-Cloutier‘s lecture on climate change to UN COP‐17. This event was presented by Mount Allison University’s Arctic Environmental Change class, and is part of IsumaTV’s project: Digital Indigenous Democracy (DID) www.isuma.tv/did. For more information, see: www.isuma.tv/siila

Link to video: http://www.isuma.tv/lo/en/siila/sheila-watt-cloutier-live-webcast-nov-29

Will Steger Foundation Videos

The Will Steger Foundation seeks to inspire and be a catalyst for international environmental leadership to stop global warming through exploration, education and action.

The featured movie is on Ellesmere Island, rife with wildlife; from white wolves, to muskox, to rabbits the size of Volkswagons. Fearless of humans, the animals stroll thru camp each evening.

View more movies at The Will Steger Foundation.

Silent Snow the movie trailer
Trailer for a feature length film. Expected release: spring 2011. Film by Jan van den Berg and Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann. An Inuit search for solutions to the chemical poisoning of the world. View larger version at the Silent Snow trailer web site. More information at DRSFILM.TV
How to Build an Igloo
This classic short film shows how to make an igloo using only snow and a knife. Two Inuit men in Canada’s Far North choose the site, cut and place snow blocks and create an entrance–a shelter completed in one-and-a-half hours. The commentary explains that the interior warmth and the wind outside cement the snow blocks firmly together. As the short winter day darkens, the two builders move their caribou sleeping robes and extra skins indoors, confident of spending a snug night in the midst of the Arctic cold!
Roald Amundsen South Pole Video
On 14 December 1911, Norwegian Roald Amundsen became the first person to reach the South Pole. Watch his dramatic expedition in Viking’s new ‘Explorers’ series, which brings you some amazing stories from history.

Ousland & Ulrich encounter with polar bears
Polar explorers Borge Ousland and Thomas Ulrich encounter a curious polar bear mother with her two cubs during their “In the Footsteps of Nansen” expedition.