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Friday, October 24 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
ThuleTuvalu, preceded by Santa Cruz del Islote

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Matthias von Gunten

2014 | 96 minutes | Switzerland, Greenland, Tuvalu

NY Premiere | Director in Attendance

An elegantly conceived cautionary tale of climate change and how two communities at opposite ends of the Earth share a common—and chilling—bond. The inhabitants of Thule, which lies in the extreme north of Greenland, spend most of the year in temperatures up to 40°F below zero, hunting on dog-drawn sleds as they have for generations. On the narrow coral-reef islands of the small Pacific Ocean state of Tuvalu, fisherman live off the bounty of the sea and the coconuts and vegetables they have cultivated for centuries. In spite of this huge geographical and cultural distance, the two places are intimately connected by a stroke of fate: the ice in Thule retreats ever farther each year, feeding Tuvalu’s perpetually rising sea level. The impact is equally devastating, forcing dramatic shifts in the time-tested ways these communities have adapted to each environment.

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Santa Cruz del Islote

Luke Lorentzen

2014 | 20 minutes | USA, Colombia

NY Premiere

Off Colombia’s Caribbean coast 50 miles from Cartagena in the San Bernardo Archipelago lies the tiny Santa Cruz del Islote, unofficially the most densely populated island in the world. This beautiful depiction of life on the island shows a peaceful community, isolated but increasingly dependent on the outside world for resources and jobs as the environment changes and sea level rises.

Friday October 24, 2014 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Kaufmann Theater American Museum of Natural History

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