Ellavut Cimirtuq (Our World Is Changing)
DOCUMENTARY | 30 MINUTES
(Yupik Pronounciation: Chla-vut jee-mik-tuk) As the village of Quinhagak works to save save its cultural artifacts from washing into the Bering Sea, a local filmmaker explores her community’s relationship with its language, and ways of life in Southwest Alaska.
Co-Directed by Jacqueline Cleveland, Mischa Hedges & Sonia Luokkala
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Many coastal villages in Alaska are under imminent threat from thawing permafrost, sea-level rise and erosion. The accelerated retreat of Arctic sea ice has left shorelines unfrozen and exposed.
In Southwest Alaska, the thawing permafrost reveals a significant archaeological site, frozen in time. As the community of Quinhagak races to save the artifacts from being washed away into the Bering Sea, Yupik filmmaker Jacqueline Cleveland explores how a distant past rewrites narratives of change and adaptation.
As the village pioneers a new model of community archaeology, the artifacts reawaken connections with language, art, and ways of life, while the warming climate alters the very ground that shaped them.
11/30/23 – Anchorage Daily News
“Examining how climate change affects Southwest Alaska villages, filmmakers highlight Yup’ik resilience and pride”
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