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Thule Tuvalu

Direc­tor: Matthias von Gun­ten

Nom­i­nat­ed for the Vik­tor Award at the 2014 Munich Inter­na­tion­al Doc­u­men­tary Fes­ti­val and for 2015 Swiss Film Prizes for Best Cin­e­matog­ra­phy and Best Doc­u­men­tary

This is the sto­ry of two dis­parate peo­ples who are fac­ing the same loom­ing cri­sis: cli­mate change.  When the ice melts in Greenland’s Thule, Tuvalu in the South Pacif­ic drowns in the ocean. In this beau­ti­ful­ly pho­tographed film, Direc­tor von Gunter presents a fas­ci­nat­ing por­trait of the lives of those who are direct­ly affect­ed by the melt­ing ice in the north and the simul­ta­ne­ous rise of sea lev­els in the south.

Like their ances­tors, the res­i­dents of Thule — the north­ern­most point on Earth — spend most of the year at tem­per­a­tures up to 40° below zero in clothes made of hide, feed­ing their fam­i­lies by hunt­ing with dog-drawn sleds. The island dwellers of Tuvalu live on nar­row coral reefs in the Pacif­ic and, like many gen­er­a­tions before them, nour­ish them­selves with fish, coconut, and veg­eta­bles they cul­ti­vate. Thule­Tu­valu exam­ines their shared fate as they face an unknown future.

Released in 2014

96 min­utes

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