Washington D.C. Premiere
PEOPLE OF A FEATHER
(c) Joel Heath
Shown as part of the multi-day, multi-venue Health and the Environment Film Series
PEOPLE OF A FEATHER (Canada, 2011, 90 min.)
Washington, D.C. Premiere Travel through time into the world of the Inuit on the isolated Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay in a film capturing the peril that the Sanikiluaq people are facing due to environmental and ecosystem devastation. Recreations of traditional life are juxtaposed with modern life, 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. Featuring groundbreaking footage from seven winters spent in the Arctic, the film connects past, present and future in the Inuits’ unique cultural relationship with the eider duck, whose down is the warmest feather in the world, and enables both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters. Directed and produced by Joel Heath. Written by The Community of Sanikiluaq. Environmental
Film Audience Award, 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival.
Discussion with filmmaker Joel Heath follows screening and will be moderated by Dr. Stephen Loring, Museum Anthropologist, Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History.
FREE. No reservations required.