Join us for a screening and conversation about the 2004 film, Being Caribou.
The filmmakers describe their project:
“The purpose of this trip was not to go on a 1,500-3,000km Arctic expedition. It was, and still is, an urgent quest to understand one of North America’s last great mammal migrations before it’s too late — and communicate what we found, to the rest of North America.
The decades-old battle over the fate of the 123,000-member Porcupine Caribou Herd is heating up and could be over within the first few months of 2005. Pro-development oilmen…make development of oil and gas reserves in the Alaskan portion of the Porcupine Caribou’s sacred calving grounds more likely than ever.”
And that rings true more than ever now.
Being Caribou ((72 minutes) is a National Film Board of Canada production written and directed by Leanne Allison and Diana Wilson. It has been broadcast on Canadian National television (CBC’s The Nature of Things) and across the US on The Documentary Channel and LinkTV. Composed of footage shot by Leanne during the epic 1,500-km-long trip, it seamlessly weaves stunning close-ups of the caribou migration with the intimate video diaries of the two people following this endangered herd.
-Best Nature, Science and Environmental Documentary, 2006 Canadian Gemini Awards
-Best Environmental Film, 2005 Telluride Mountain Film Festival
-Best Nature Film, 2005 Portland International Nature and Environmental Film Festival
-Best Environment and Conservation Film, 2005 Japan International Wildlife Film Festival