People of a Feather
(53 min) Canada
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Friday 10/18, 3:00 PM (Session 3)

Director/Producer: Joel Heath


Featuring groundbreaking footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes you through time, the seasons and into the world of Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay. Connecting past, present and future is a unique cultural relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows the Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters. Recreations of traditional life one hundred years ago are juxtaposed with modern life in Sanikiluaq, Canada as both people and eiders face the challenges posed by changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering New York and other major cities in eastern North America. The unique perspective of a remote culture reveals many unknowns about the cumulative impacts of hydroelectric developments on the marine environment. In particular this case, a key source of freshwater also influences ocean circulation and global climate in the North Atlantic. By enlightening and educating the masses on how technology as simple as a feather allows survival, a subsistence community challenges the world to find energy solutions that work with the seasons of our hydrological cycle.


Joel Heath is the director, producer and cinematographer behind People of a Feather. In addition to his work in film, he co-founded the Arctic Eider Society, a charity addressing the issues raised in the film, and is an active researcher with a PhD and Postdoctoral studies in mathematical biology and wildlife ecology.

Contact Information:

Sanikiluaq Running Pictures Production

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