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Ash (Aska), dir. Herbert Sveinbj÷rnsson, Iceland, 2013
Aska (Ash)
dir. Herbert Sveinbj÷rnsson
Iceland, 2013, 107 minutes
Icelandic with English subtitles

Bright Nights: The 5th Baltic-Nordic Film Festival
Richcraft Hall Theatre (formerly River Building), Carleton University, Saturday, February 14, 2015, 4:00 pm
On April 14th 2010 the earth opened up for the second time in less than a month at Eyjafjallajökull in Southern Iceland. The volcanic eruption melted the ice cap, flooded the nearby farms, spewed 70 tons of ash into the stratosphere per second and disrupted air traffic throughout Northern Europe. It forced many flight cancellations and stranded thousands of passengers, capturing the world’s attention. When the airlines resumed their normal routes and headlines started to fade, the farmers under the volcano were fighting for their livestock and livelihood, as they still are today. ASH follows three farming families over the course of a year to see the effect of the ash on their lives. It is a startling, visually arresting, utterly engaging portrait of the aftermath of one of the world’s most spectacular, and devastating, volcanic eruptions. English sub-titles.