KIVALINA is a candid portrait of life 130 miles above the Arctic Circle of an Inupiaq Eskimo tribe living on an island disappearing into the ocean. Once a nomadic people, the film begins its telling a century after their ancestors were settled on the tiny island made of silt, sand, and permafrost. With no resources to move and only a precarious sea wall to protect them, the film poetically explores the community's struggle to maintain their way of life within a landscape and a system that is failing them. Weaving together observational storytelling and cinematic imagery KIVALINA is an evocative and rare portrait of one of the last surviving Arctic cultures.
- Zoe White
- Nadav Harel
- SAVOR TERRA FILMS
Director/Producer Gina Abatemarco is the founder of Savor Terra Films, dedicated to producing cinematic and character driven non fiction films and television. An IFP Lab Fellow, Gina's work has been supported by The Tribeca Film Institute, The Richard Vague/Chris Columbus Award, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Vision Maker Media. Gina's directorial debut KIVALINA premiered at the Berlinale's Culinary Cinema and will be broadcast on public television late 2016.