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4th DMZ Docs(2012)

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People of a Feather

Joel HEATH

  • Canada
  • 2011
  • 90min
  • HD
  • color

Synopsis

Featuring groundbreaking footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes you through time into the world of Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay. Connecting past, present and future is a unique cultural relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters. Recreations of traditional life 100 years ago are juxtaposed with modern life in Sanikiluaq, as both people and eiders face the challenges posed by changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering eastern North America. The eyes of a remote subsistence culture challenge the world to find energy solutions that work with the seasons of our hydrological cycle. Motivated by deep personal relationships and intimate firsthand experience, the film presents an engaging story of life in the Arctic through the eyes of Inuit. Dialogue among characters establishes context, creating an open discussion of critical socio-environmental issues with limited voice over. Versatile cinematography (Canon 7D) and unprecedented access provide stunning visuals, capturing uninhibited moments, reflecting modern life while maintaining deep roots in the Flaherty tradition.

Review

Director

  • Joel HEATH

    Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Joel has long nurtured passion for both arts and science. As a leading Canadian ecologist, Joel worked in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, studying effects of climate change on Arctic sea ice ecology. During his time in the Arctic Joel listened to the Inuit tell stories of a troubled future due to neighboring hydroelectric dams. To help share these stories Joel collaborated with the community of Sanikiluaq and began a fiveyear process to create his first feature documentary, People of a Feather.  People of a Feather (2011) Planet Earth: Ice Worlds and Frozen Planet (2006)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerJoel HEATH
  • Screenwriter Joel HEATH, The Community of Sanikiluag
  • Cinematography Joel HEATH
  • Editor Evan WARNER, Jocelyne CHAPUT

Production Company / Distributor / Sales

Production Company  Joel HEATH 

Distributor/Sales  Joel HEATH

Address  121-1984 Mathematics Rd, Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z2 Canada

Tel  1 604 813 5635

E-mail  info@peopleofafeather.com​