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People of a Feather
Featuring groundbreaking footage from seven winters in the Arctic and beautiful underwater images, PEOPLE OF A FEATHER explores the unique relationship between the Inuit people on the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay and the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters. Created in partnership with the community of Sanikiluaq, the film juxtaposes recreations of traditional life with modern life in Sanikiluaq as both people and eider ducks face the challenges posed by changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering eastern North America.
Following the film, join Dennis O’Rourke, professor in the U of U Department of Anthropology, for an exploration of the effects of a rapidly-changing environment on the peoples of the North American Arctic. Dr. O’Rourke will examine the impacts of specific projects, like hydroelectric dams and oil development, as well as global climate change on indigenous communities.
Official Selection - 2011 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
Winner: Audience Choice Best Environmental Film - 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival
Presented in English and Inuktitut with English subtitles
Science Movie Night is presented by the Natural History Museum of Utah in partnership with the Utah Film Center.
We thank the Salt Lake City Public Library, our presenting sponsor.
This event is free and open to the public.