|People of a Feather
A film by Joel Heath
92 minutes, color, English & Inuktitut w/ English subtitles, 2011
Featuring stunning footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes us through time into the world of the Inuit in the northern reaches of Canada. Connecting past, present and future is the Inuit's unique relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters.
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"Lyrical...stunning." -The New York Times
" Spectacular!" -NOW Toronto
"Artful and meditative...a near mystical mix of time-lapse Arctic landscapes, marine life photography, and interwoven imagery of Inuit life." -The Georgia Straight
"As the need for a political response to the crisis is self-evident, Heath opts to focus on the spiritual dimension of this threatened ecosystem, trying to capture the energy of these communities and the movements they carry out — ducks swimming and flying, Inuits traveling through breaking ice by motorboat, a child dancing to music on the radio — which suggest a kind of cosmic energy that animates all life on earth. This is rendered through Heath's stunning use of time-lapse photography of the ice and water currents changing — which, on one hand, conveys the stark immediacy of the issue, while on the other hand, suggesting a supernatural force to which all existence belongs and which transcends human's deformation of the natural order." -Cineaste
"People of the Feather is more than a nature or anthropological film. It's also a call to action to save the millennial long relationship these Inuit people have with their land, water and seasons." -Cinesource Magazine
"'People of a Feather shows the Inuits fighting to adapt and survive amidst a changing Arctic, as embodied by the eider duck and their warm feathers. Like so many films made in the harsh north, it's sobering to see global warming's effect, inspiring to see how beautiful this untrammeled parts of the world can be and a lot more fun to see it on DVD than go there yourself." -Huffington Post
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