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People of a Feather
dir. Joel Heath, Community of Sanikiluaq
Canada (Nunavut), 2011, 90 minutes
Inuktituk and English, with English and French sub-titles

International Polar Film Festival
Cinéma Impérial, Montréal, Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 7:00 pm
Featuring groundbreaking footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes you through time into the world of Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay. Connecting past, present and future is a unique cultural relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters. Recreations of traditional life 100 years ago are juxtaposed with modern life in Sanikiluaq, as both people and eiders face the challenges posed by changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering eastern North America.

Filmmaker Joel Heath will be in attendance to talk about the film.

Image: Traditional igloo life on the Belcher Islands, where eider duck clothing was they key to keeping warm. For the first time in many years, three generations are wearing traditional clothing, created for People of a Feather. (credit: Joel Heath)