Under The Ice

Documentary, HD, 52 minutes

Under the Ice, (c) Context FilmKangiqsujuaq is a small village in Ungava Bay in Canadas arctic north. When the ocean retracts during low tide it leaves hundreds of caves under the pack ice. It is here that the Inutit will find mussels, which used to be an important source of food during the long arctic winters. To collect them, one has to dig a 9 feet deep hole through the ice. An extremely dangerous venture, as no where else on this planet tide comes in as fast as here, at 25 miles per hour and the ice is getting increasingly instable due to global warming.
Although the people of Kangiqsujuaq live in heated houses today, buy food in the supermarket and watch TV, hunting and fishing are still important to them. But the young generation increasingly looses interest in the old ways. We meet 70 year old Lucassie and his family. Lucassi is worried how long it will still be possible to pass on the old Inuit wisdom and traditions to the younger generation. It is not only the climate change, but also the influences of modern life that changes the lives of the people in Ungava Bay.

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Author & Director: Alix Francois Meier
DoP: Peter Klotz
Supervising Producer: Magnus Froböse, Björn Jensen
Producer: Magnus Froböse
Produced by: Context Film with arte/ZDF and Ginger Foot Films
Versions: English, German
Year of production: 2008

For licensing and more information please contact:
Björn Jensen
email: jensen(at)gingerfoot.de

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© by Context Film, 2008

 


Festivals & Awards

Kuala Lumpur International Filmfestival 2008: Winner Best Documentary, Guangzhou Documentary Filmfestival 2011: Competition

Under the Ice, (c) Context Film
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Under the Ice, (c) Context Film
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Under the Ice, (c) Context Film
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Under the Ice, (c) Context Film
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Under the Ice, (c) Context Film
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Under the Ice, (c) Context Film
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Under the Ice, (c) Context Film
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