About the movie

The Arctic, once a frozen and inaccessible landscape, is a highly coveted last frontier today. The island of Kivalina in the Alaskan Arctic, inhabited by an Inupiaq Eskimo tribe, is slowly disappearing. As the ice melts, industries are looking to exploit, scientists are looking to know, and environmentalists are looking to save. Once a nomadic people, the film begins its telling a century after their ancestors were settled by the government onto a tiny island made of silt, sand, and permafrost. With no resources to move and only a precarious sea wall to protect them, 'Kivalina' poetically explores the community's struggle to maintain their life within a landscape and a system that is failing them.