Tales From the Arctic Circle
2005, 4x3 minutes,
Written, produced & directed by Roz Mortimer
These 4 short films, commissioned by Channel 4 television, follow a week at the Toonik Tyme festival in Iqaluit, the Inuit capital way up in the Arctic.
A magical look at a changing culture as locals compete in games and tests of skill: igloo building, ice sculpture, snowmobile racing and a round of golf on a fairway carved from the sea ice. It’s all so enchanting, but behind these images are stories of homelessness, melting ice, colonialism and isolation.
Episode 4 – Thursday – “the road to nowhere”
At the Toonik Tyme festival daredevil riders are racing snowmobiles up a hill. In this remote and isolated Arctic settlement there are 2,000 cars, but not a single road leads out of town. In the last 70 years Inuit lives have shifted away from a nomadic existence of living on the land and hunting with dog teams. Now that they live in settlements, what does the future hold for these people?"...
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