Washington D.C. Premiere
LAST DAYS OF SHISHMAREF, THE
THE LAST DAYS OF SHISHMAREF (Netherlands, 2008, 91 min.)
Washington, D.C. Premiere While politicians, scientists and environmentalists debate the effects of global warming, an Inupiaq Eskimo community in northwest Alaska, just under the Arctic Circle, faces the real world consequences of climate change every day. The ice beneath the small Alaskan village of Shishmaref, on the island of Sarichef, is melting. Homes are falling into the ocean. The situation is so severe that it has been predicted the entire village will disappear within the next 10 years. The film captures the transience of the Inupiaq’s traditional way of life and its collision with climate change, satellite television and mail order shopping. The icy landscape is beautifully photographed, as are the village’s inhabitants. Every frame is a poignant portrait. The film doesn’t present a barrage of facts and figures to make its point, instead giving the viewer entry into the issue of climate change by way of a third eye. We feel the loss, the pain and the sadness of the families as they realize that they will never recover a way of life being swallowed by the sea (—Jacqueline Lyanga). Directed by Jan Louter.
Introduced by Gerald van der Wulp, Deputy Chief of Mission, Royal Netherlands Embassy. Reception follows screening.
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