"The Sacred Place Where Life Begins"
Produced, Filmed & Edited by:
Kristin Gates & Jeremy Là Zelle
It's best to experience what you're fighting for. When two adventurers embark on a four-month expedition documenting the world’s longest land mammal migration through the Arctic Refuge of Alaska, they soon discover an incredible ecosystem protected by the Gwich’in Nation for more than 25,000 years, yet held on the precipice of collapse by resource development corporations.
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For many decades, the Gwich'in Nation has been fighting to defend their land, animals and culture from industrial development. Despite decades of work, in December 2017, for the first time in history, the coastal plains of the Arctic Refuge were opened for oil and gas development. This is the story of the Gwich'in Nation and the spectacular ecosystem they protect.
Throughout 2018 and 2019, Kristin and Jeremy have dedicated their lives and filmmaking expertise on many challenging expeditions within the Arctic Refuge to showcase the incredible wildlife, environment, and the wonderful Gwich'in Nation. Yet the journey to protect the Arctic Refuge still continues. In 2019, Kristin and Jeremy will once again embark on a freezing expedition into the heart of the Arctic Refuge to film various events as they unfold and bring awareness to the issue of land conservation and human rights.
All our work is 100% non-profit, out-of-pocket, and made possible with extra help from sponsors. Thank you for watching our film to learn more about the Gwich'in Nation and the truly magnificent ecosystem of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.