'People of a Feather' documentary to screen May 26

Western Today staff

The documentary "People of a Feather" is being shown at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, in Wilson Library.

The screening is a special presentaiton of WWU’s Club Canada and the Center for Canadian-American Studies. After the film, Joël Plouffe, managing editor of The Arctic Yearbook and Visiting Québec Professor, will lead a 30-minute discussion about the issues raised in the film.

The event takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, in Wilson Library Presentation Room 164 (accessible only from outside the library under the skybridge). Light refreshments will be provided.

The documentary, by Joel Heath and the Community of Sanikiluaq, features stunning footage from seven winters in the Arctic.

The film takes viewers through time into the world of the Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Canada's Hudson Bay. There, traditional life is juxtaposed with modern challenges as both Inuit and eiders (large sea ducks) confront changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering New York and eastern North America.

Inspired by Inuit ingenuity and the technology of a simple feather, the film is a call to action to implement energy solutions that work with nature.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 3:17pm