Documentary Track

KIVALINA

Project Synopsis:

Kivalina Documentary is a one-hour film and engagement campaign that starts in one of the most doomed coastal communities in the U.S. Above the Arctic Circle, on an 8-mile-long eroding island, sits Kivalina, Alaska, home to a modern-day Inupiat society of hunters and mothers, preachers and teenagers. For decades they have known that their ancestral homeland was a lousy place to build; but recently, rising sea levels and violent storms have intensified a need to relocate their community. The big questions are: Where? And with what money? The story evolves into a sobering yet heartfelt exploration of the politics of climate relief, as one Alaska Native community struggles to move to safer and higher ground.