The Last Ice

Scott Ressler

Canada, Greenland, United States 2019, 83 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: English, Greenlandic, Local languages, Danish

Visually stunning portrait of two young Inuit, fighting for the survival of their culture. The melting ice of the Arctic rapidly diminishes their hunting grounds. At the same time, global business interests are preparing a Wild West of economic exploitation.

Young Inuit man Aleqatsiaq partly grew up in Denmark, where his mother was killed. Now he lives in the remote Greenland town Qaanaaq, where his uncle teaches him how to be a hunter. Maatalii is a young woman, recovering from an abusive relationship. Both went back to the land where their culture and history were formed. They are eager to follow in the footsteps of their elders. But their way of life is – once again – threatened by outside forces.

Starting in the 1920s, the Inuit were colonised and forcibly replaced. Now, with the Arctic ice melting, the newly opened water between Greenland and Canada is the focus of global business interests looking to exploit it for shipping, oil extraction and tourism. Many young Inuit are depressed, and suicide rates are high. While Aleqatsiaq is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Maatalii goes on a quest to advocate for the human rights of her people.

The Last Ice has been selected for the Activist competition and is shown as a preview at the Movies that Matter Festival 2020, where Maatalii Okalik will be present as a special guest. 

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Talkshows & debates

The Last Ice: Q&A with activist Maatalii Okalik and UN youth representative Sustainable Development

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 11:45

Journalist Bahram Sadeghi talks with UN youth representative Sustainable Development Aoife Fleming and activist Maatalii Okalik about climate justice.

The Last Ice: Q&A with activist Maatalii Okalik and Dick van der Kroef

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 10:00

Q&A with activist Maatalii Okalik and Dick van der Kroef about the consequences of the melting Arctic ice for the region’s nature and native Inuit.

The Last Ice: Welcome by Carmen Hagenaars

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 10:00

Welcome by Carmen Hagenaars, deputy director Inclusive Green Growth at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Last Ice: Q&A with activist Maatalii Okalik

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 21:15

Q&A with activist Maatalii Okalik about ecological grief and the making of this film led by programme maker Evanne Nowak.

The Last Ice: Q&A with activist Maatalii Okalik

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 16:00

After the film Mark Beumer will talk to activist Maatalii Okalik about the consequences of the melting ice for the Inuit.