Each and every winter in Greenland, there comes a period of 40 days of total darkness. The end of this absence of sun typically ends on January 13th when the sun makes its first appearance of the year. This past January, filmmakers Glen Milner and Ben Hilton trekked to the remote community of Ilulissat in northern Greenland to document the annual sun-welcoming ritual of the country’s Inuit population. The result is this fascinating 4-minute pocket documentary which premiered on NOWNESS this past February. The video not only captures the staggering beauty of the region, it also documents the disturbing and rapid impact that climate change is having on the community. With each passing year, sea ice is melting at a rate of 15m per year, which is having a devastating impact on the way of life of those living in the Arctic. “While we were there our fisherman lost hundreds of pounds of fish due to ice breaking away and lines being lost, rare for this time of year,” explains Milner in an interview with The Atlantic. “The fishermen were already thinking of new ways to hunt and the Inuit attitude in such a harsh environment proved inspiring.” To read the astounding list of statistics related to this story be sure to visit NOWNESS.com.
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