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Stella Polaris Ulloriarsuaq

  • Palace Westgarth 89 High Street Northcote Australia (map)

Dir. Yatri N. Niehaus | Germany/Greenland | 2017 | 86 mins

Presented by Darebin City Council.

The story of the world’s environmental history has been captured in the Greenland ice sheet for millions of years. Massive glaciers constantly unearth long gone states of the planet. The Kalaallit people of Greenland have been inseparably connected to the eternal ice for millennia. But in just a few short years, colonialism has put pressure on this culture to accept a more “modern” lifestyle.

Today, as the foundation of their traditions is literally melting beneath their feet, documentarian Yatri N. Niehaus sets out with a team of two photographers to capture images of a sadly vanishing world. Set in an environment of eternal snow and ice, a land of seal hunters and dog sleighs, the film artfully portrays the ever-shifting culture of the original inhabitants of Greenland’s white plains. Stella Polaris Ulloriarsuaq presents a profound cinematic meditation on the rapid changes our planet is undergoing, as it revolves around the famed Pole Star.

The film will be introduced by Adrian Whitehead, member of Climate Emergency Darebin.

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This film will be followed by a panel discussion.This panel will include:

  • Cr Susan Rennie - Darebin City Council

  • Jacynta Fuamatu - 350.org

  • Dr. Tim Neale from Deakin University will moderate the session.

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Stella Polaris Ulloriarsuaq will screen with Australian short film Namanu Rruni (14 minutes) directed by Matthew Newton.

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Adrian Whitehead has campaigned on reversing global warming since 2003, founding groups such as Beyond Zero Emissions and Vote Climate. Adrian is currently a member of Climate Emergency Darebin and continues to campaign for action to reverse global warming with CACE (Communication Action in the Climate Emergency) and Save the Planet.

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  Cr Susan Rennie Councillor, Darebin City Council   Cr Rennie was elected to Council in 2016. She believes that every person should feel valued and included, whatever their background. Cr Rennie’s key local concerns include enhancing community health and wellbeing, building a more sustainable city, and improving the planning scheme to achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes.

Cr Susan Rennie
Councillor, Darebin City Council

Cr Rennie was elected to Council in 2016. She believes that every person should feel valued and included, whatever their background. Cr Rennie’s key local concerns include enhancing community health and wellbeing, building a more sustainable city, and improving the planning scheme to achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes.

  Jacynta Fuamatu Pacific Climate Warrior   Jacynta is an Australian born Samoan woman who is the Melbourne Coordinator for 350 Pacific and co-creator of ethical fashion label Off2war. She is an activist through her work as a Pacific Climate Warrior using her voice to elevate the stories from frontline communities impacted by climate change, and creates couture fashion using recycled material to highlight these impacts. Jacynta has shared her work around Australia, Papua New Guinea and most recently in Germany at COP23. Jacynta hopes to inspire young leaders to discover their craft and use it to fulfill our shared responsibility to our People, Land and ocean.

Jacynta Fuamatu
Pacific Climate Warrior

Jacynta is an Australian born Samoan woman who is the Melbourne Coordinator for 350 Pacific and co-creator of ethical fashion label Off2war. She is an activist through her work as a Pacific Climate Warrior using her voice to elevate the stories from frontline communities impacted by climate change, and creates couture fashion using recycled material to highlight these impacts. Jacynta has shared her work around Australia, Papua New Guinea and most recently in Germany at COP23. Jacynta hopes to inspire young leaders to discover their craft and use it to fulfill our shared responsibility to our People, Land and ocean.

  Professor Tony Birch Bruce McGuinness Research Fellow   Tony Birch is the inaugural Bruce McGuinness professorial research fellow in the Moondani Balluk Academic Centre at Victoria University. His research is concerned with climate justice, Indigenous ecological knowledge and collective responses to climate change.

Professor Tony Birch
Bruce McGuinness Research Fellow

Tony Birch is the inaugural Bruce McGuinness professorial research fellow in the Moondani Balluk Academic Centre at Victoria University. His research is concerned with climate justice, Indigenous ecological knowledge and collective responses to climate change.

  Dr. Timothy Neale Moderator   Timothy Neale is a pākeha scholar from Aotearoa New Zealand living in Narrm/Melbourne, where his research concerns the intersections between settler-Indigenous politics, natural hazards and environmental governance. He is currently an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation and Deputy Convener of the Deakin Science and Society Network.

Dr. Timothy Neale
Moderator

Timothy Neale is a pākeha scholar from Aotearoa New Zealand living in Narrm/Melbourne, where his research concerns the intersections between settler-Indigenous politics, natural hazards and environmental governance. He is currently an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation and Deputy Convener of the Deakin Science and Society Network.

Earlier Event: October 17
Living the Change
Later Event: October 19
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