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Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change

Cinema Politica and the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club present
Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change

Thursday, February 20
7:00 p.m.

Atlantic Veterinary College, Lecture Room A
U.P.E.I.

Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat The Fast Runner) and researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (Seeds of Change) have teamed up with Inuit communities to document their knowledge and experience regarding climate change. This new documentary, the world’s first Inuktitut language film on the topic, takes the viewer “on the land” with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic. This unforgettable film helps us to appreciate Inuit culture and expertise regarding environmental change and indigenous ways of adapting to it.

Exploring centuries of Inuit knowledge, allowing the viewer to learn about climate change first-hand from Arctic residents themselves, the film portrays Inuit as experts regarding their land and wildlife and makes it clear that climate change is a human rights issue affecting this ingenious Indigenous culture. Hear stories about Arctic melting and how Inuit believe that human and animal intelligence are key to adaptability and survival in a warming world.

Mark Sandiford, executive director of Culture PEI, 2008 Gemini Award winner - "Qallunaat, Why White People Are Funny", along with numerous other film projects, will be opening the movie and leading the discussion afterwards, sharing his experiences and viewpoints of living and working in the Arctic for many years.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted at the door and help Cinema Politica to cover its membership, which includes the rights to show some pretty amazing documentary films throughout the year.

For more information, look for Cinema Politica Charlottetown on FaceBook, or call Cooper Institute, 894-4573.

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