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