Arresting view of the life of a small Eskimo commu­nity in northern Alaska that is threat­ened by the conse­quences of global warming.
The modern era has put us in a vulner­able posi­tion’, one of the main char­ac­ters sighs in this docu­men­tary that focuses on a small island commu­nity in northern Alaska. The Eskimo does not refer to the arrival of iPods or cell phones. He talks about the far-reaching conse­quences of global warming. Due to the Arctic ice melt, the island’s coast­line is grad­u­ally washed away. In less than fifteen years, the entire island will be wiped off the map. While the wind sweeps across the vast snowy land­scape and the huskies howl, the islanders go about their daily routine. They hunt for rein­deer and visit the laun­derette or bingo night. The stories and reflec­tions by different Eskimo fami­lies intro­duce the spec­tator to a way of life that after four thou­sand years is threat­ened with extinc­tion. After all, the fact that the night­mare surrounding them is slowly pushing to the surface becomes painfully clear.

Title: The Last Days of Shishmaref
Year: 2008
Duration : 1 hour, 35 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2008

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Camera (2008)
Melle van Essen (NSC)

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