AWARD NOMINATIONS 2020

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

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Colors of Change

Dir. Jenny Nichols

21' • United States • 2018

Experience Greenland through the eyes of Artist Zaria Forman, Nasa scientist, John Sonntag and Inuit Elder Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq "Uncle." Zaria travels to Greenland for inspiration for her next body of work, and to visit the fjord where she spread her mother’s ashes. Sonntag is the lead scientist for Operation IceBridge - he and his crew work tirelessly gathering information on the ice sheet. Uncle is an inuit elder who speaks for the ice. His elders saw the “big ice” melting for the first time in the 1960s. The intersection of art, culture and science in a region defined by climate change.

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I Hold the Dehcho in My Heart
(Sedze Tah Dehcho E'toh)

Dir. Lesley Johnson

22' • Canada • 2018

In July and August of 2017, a group of Indigenous students, elders and educators, embarked on a six week paddle trip down Canada’s longest river, the Mackenzie, known as the Dehcho in the Dene language, in an effort to reconnect with land and culture. Stretching over 1738 kilometers of the Northwest Territories, the Dehcho is an Indigenous homeland. “I Hold the Dehcho in my Heart / Sedze Tah Dehcho E’toh” focuses on the experience of two students, Kristen and Jiah, as they overcome the physical and mental challenges of such a rigorous and remote excursion, while learning cultural land-based skills from Dene elders. Kristen and Jiah challenge themselves by spending 42 days on the river, retracing the historic route of their ancestors for over 1200 km. These young Dene women overcome exhausting days and occasionally treacherous weather conditions, to feel cultural pride and gain valuable leadership skills to bring back to their home communities in the North.

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Kiligivak (Mammoth)

Dir. Jake Chamberlain & Laura Tejero Nunez

9' • United States • 2019

Native Alaskans in Kotzebue hunt for mammoth bones, exposed from melting tundra. Some make a living by selling the bones/ivory, but the melting tundra slowly eats away the peninsula where they live. The arctic is changing faster than most places, and the melting tundra will release a massive amount of carbon into the atmosphere making it worse.