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Tied to the Land: Voices of Northwest Alaska- Episode- SEA ICE SECURE

People in rural northwest Alaska show strong resilience to the impacts of climate change. Sea Ice Secure showcases ways in which local people find adaptive ways to go about their subsistence way of life in the wake of rapid change in sea ice conditions.

  • Sarah Betcher
    Effects of Weather and Climate on Subsistence Communities
  • Sarah Betcher
    Effects of Weather and Climate on Subsistence Communities
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 9, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Postcards from Climate Change Greenpeace film contest
    Washington DC
    Honorable Mention
  • Real Food Film Festival
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    April 21, 2015
  • Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference
    Bethel, Alaska
    April 15, 2015
  • Arctic Day: What is Hot in the Arctic
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    November 14, 2014
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks Film showing
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    September 26, 2014
Director Biography

Sarah is an award winning ethnographic filmmaker and owner of Farthest North Films Sarah specializes in producing films that communicate across cultures, especially showcasing indigenous traditions. Sarah’s films have been funded by agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution’s Arctic Studies Center. She has spent extensive time filming in rural Alaska, working collaboratively with Tribal leaders and scientists. Sarah has produced many short films that have shown at festivals and conferences around the United States, are installed in three museum’s exhibits and are hosted by several websites including her own at www.farthestnorthfilms.com.

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Director Statement

I am honored to be embraced by several rural indigenous communities in allowing me to capture rural life in Alaska, which led to receiving a Greenpeace award for this film. I excited to share my video work with others in hopes of shedding more light on how climate change is impacting people of Arctic Alaska.