WATCH: Documentary "People of a Feather" reveals changing nature of the north
Posted by SCENE Staff | Wednesday March 28, 2012
People of a Feather, the
award winning documentary that examines the changing arctic over a seven
year period, is playing in the city this week. The film has its
Winnipeg opening on Thursday night, March 29 at IMAX, then will continue to play from March 30 to April 5 at Cinematheque.
Joel Heath will be on hand to introduce the film at the Thursday,
Friday and Saturday showings, which is destined to be insightful, given
how the film was made.
Still from "People of a Feather" by Joel Heath
Heath is a marine scientist who first made
his way to Nunavut's Belcher Islands to study downy birds for the
Canadian Wildlife Service. While there, Heath began utilizing his skills
as a wildlife photographer and started to film the behavior of Belcher
Island's Eider ducks, whose down in the warmest in the world. As Heath's time in Nunavut continued, he started to interview the people of Sanikiluaq and soon a sprawling documentary was being realized.
Heath's resulting debut feature offers a unique portrait of a region coping with environmental changes brought on by hydroelectric dams. People of Feather looks at the connectivity between the Inuit people of Sanikiluag (who are credited as co-filmmakers) and the Eider ducks, and how their relationship has changed due to man's tampering with Hudson Bay.