Breaking Ice (2018)
The Arctic is changing faster than anywhere else on Earth. It’s literally melting away under our feet – glaciers are retreating, sea ice is unpredictable, mercury levels are rising, development is knocking on the doorstep, and lives are changing.
Breaking Ice looks at this world through the eyes of frontline polar scientists in the field… in the cold, in the wind… in the elements. It delves into their perspectives and challenges as they journey on an iconic icebreaker into remote, hard-to-reach areas in the High Arctic to uncover what a changing climate looks like at the top of the world.
But, it’s not just about the science. It’s really about the people behind the science – their life onboard the ship as they work 24/7 under tight timelines, amid homesickness, adversity, and facing hazards inherent to the Arctic, all while wrestling with their own thoughts on what they’re finding and how it relates to their lives back home and the lives of those who live in the North.
The soundtrack is inspired heavily by the slow, deep sounds that moving ice makes, and the sense of loss that surrounds its loss.
Je Veux Savoir (2017)
Yohanan Lowen, Hassidic Jew, 37, reflects on the education he has never received. Four years ago, he decided to sever ties with his community. He left with his wife and four children to gain secular education. How is it possible that young people who are growing up today in Canada, reach adulthood without having been educated?
The soundtrack for this film is based on traditional Jewish songs.
TALLURUTIUP TARIUNGA (2015)
Canada's Lancaster Sound, called Tallurutiup Tariunga in Inuktitut, is one of the Arctic Ocean’s richest marine habitats—an area of stunning natural beauty and deep cultural significance for Inuit who live there. Located at the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage, the sound’s abundant sea life has sustained Inuit communities for centuries. Through poetry set to spectacular landscapes, this video shows why this region deserves protection, reflecting its myth and magic while not losing sight of the people who call it home.
Based on a poem by Iqaluit artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, the video retells part of the Inuit creation myth of Nuliajuk, goddess of the sea, in light of the profound changes facing local communities due to climate instability and industrial development. The script is narrated by Jeannie Arreak-Kullualik, of Pond Inlet, a community perched on the shore of Lancaster Sound.
The video poses a series of rhetorical questions to Nuliajuk, who was once a young woman reluctant to marry. Eventually, she was tricked into marrying a raven disguised as a hunter. She tried to escape the marriage by fleeing in her father’s kayak, but the angry raven gave chase and unleashed a furious storm. Terrified that they would perish in the gale, her father cast Nuliajuk into the sea. When she clung to the gunwales and threatened to capsize the boat, her father cut off her fingers. According to the myth, her hands became flippers, and her fingers turned into marine mammals and sea creatures, offering sustenance to Inuit for generations.
Genders, generations and cultures collide in this comedy about the modern family unit. Venus is a beautifully and heartfelt story of a South Asian transgender woman, who sees her life flipped on its head when she meets a “white” teenaged son she didn’t know she had.
How You Turned Into A Fish (2016)
Jenna Marks' poetic animation explores the ideas of grief and time, where one woman keeps a friend alive as long as her memories remain. How You Turned Into A Fish was a selection for the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.