Ki­valina; Short Films

doc­u­men­tary, 64 min­utes, not rated, 3 chiles

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Eighty miles north of the Arc­tic cir­cle lies the is­land of Ki­valina, home to a com­mu­nity of about 400 Inu­piak na­tives whose home is un­der threat from cli­mate change. Ki­valina, di­rected by Gina Abatemarco (no re­la­tion), is a beau­ti­fully shot, in­ti­mate look at the life­ways of a peo­ple who de­pend on the sea for their sur­vival. Their ex­is­tence is re­mote and close-knit, and at times it seems like Ki­valina is at the edge of the world.. The young men don’t like it be­cause, as they say, “We got no girl­friends.” Sui­cide — and at­tempted sui­cide — rates are in­creas­ing. Ero­sion along the sea wall and ris­ing wa­ter lev­els from glacial melts threaten the is­land’s very ex­is­tence and im­pact the ac­tiv­i­ties on which the Inu­piak rely for their sus­te­nance — fish­ing, whal­ing, and hunt­ing. One woman’s po­etic de­scrip­tion of the chal­lenge faced by the is­lan­ders en­vi­sions an an­gry sea sweep­ing them all away when the waves come. In the midst of their strug­gle, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists vie with ex­ploita­tive in­dus­tries that could has­ten the is­land’s de­struc­tion. Ki­valina’s ap­proach to its sub­ject out­lines the cost pri­mar­ily in hu­man terms: Peo­ple are the sub­ject. Cli­mate change is the back­drop. — M.A. Vi­o­let Crown, 3:15 p.m. Fri­day, Oct. 21; 1:15 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 22; 11 a.m. Sun­day, Oct. 23

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