Stories for Climate Justice

On view Sept. 30, 2022 – Winter 2023
Second Floor, West Wing, Circumpolar Cinema

Produced during the inaugural Alaska Native Filmmakers Intensive, Stories for Climate Justice presents a selection of films examining how Indigenous Alaskans are responding to the impacts of climate change on their homelands and communities.

Climate change is experienced in different ways across Alaska, and its impacts are felt disproportionately by Indigenous communities, particularly in the Arctic. Stories for Climate Justice presents a selection of films examining how Indigenous Alaskans witness and respond to the impacts of climate change on their homelands and communities. 

Participants in the inaugural Alaska Native Filmmakers Intensive live across Alaska, and their films engage with locations near and far—from St. Paul Island to Fairbanks, from the shrinking glaciers of Southeast Alaska to the drought-ridden deserts of the southwestern United States. Each filmmaker examines the interconnection between their own personal histories, issues impacting their communities, and generational connections to place as they reflect on their relationship with the lands and waters of Alaska.  

Indigenous filmmakers practice narrative sovereignty when they tell their own stories rooted in cultural knowledge, and often directly to their own communities. By centering Indigenous voices and concerns, more-than-human kinship, and intergenerational knowledge shared through oral history, these films present an alternative to dominant narratives of climate change typically shown in mainstream media. It is essential that Indigenous communities have platforms to share the impacts of climate change on their cultures, communities, and lands, and that these perspectives are integrated into our understanding of—and fight against—the climate crisis.  

The Alaska Native Filmmakers Intensive, a partnership between Native Movement and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Theatre and Film, aims to expand access for Alaska Native creatives in digital media production.


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Stories for Climate Justice is made possible, in part, with support from the following sponsors: