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UMA: Water Crisis in Bolivia
Three indigenous communities in the Bolivian highlands fight to protect their water from diversion and contamination amid a national water crisis. UMA, the Aymara word for water, takes us on a journey from the tropical Andean glaciers and the highest navigable lake in the world to the mines of Oruro, and the vanished Lake Poopó. It is a women's story of displacement, resistance, and struggle for environmental justice.
Salt River Water Walk
In February 2020, Sharon Day (Ojibwe) led a group of Water Walkers through the Arizona desert to walk for the Salt River. Through animation and live-shot footage, this documentary travels with the Salt River Water Walkers, describing this Indigenous-led ceremony as it creates community and builds relationships with the earth through the shared goal to care for the water.
The Water Walker
The Water Walker stars teenaged climate activist Autumn Peltier (Anishinaabe-kwe, from Wikwemikoong First Nation). The film is narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Graham Greene (Oneida, Six Nations of the Grand River). Autumn, an influential figure in the global youth-led environmental movement, was named chief water commissioner by the Anishinabek Nation. We follow her as she prepares to speak at the United Nations. The Water Walker features Michif (Métis) artist Christi Belcourt’s renowned paintings, brought to life with stunning animated sequences.
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Exercises in Being Close to You: A Story for the Artic Refuge
In this experimental documentary a group of hikers travel through Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in hopes of intercepting the Porcupine Caribou migration. The film uses documentary footage of the two-week expedition intercut with experimental vignettes — exercises to rethink our relationship to the land and animals we hope to protect.
Q&A with Krista Davis
Join us for a Q&A with filmmaker Krista Davis hosted by filmmaker and Weengushk Film Institute Board of Directors member Phyllis Ellis
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Exercises for Being Close to You: A Story for the Arctic Refuge is an experimental documentary that follows a group of hikers through Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. They hope to meet up with the Porcupine Caribou herd to collect stories that could help push back on oil exploration and drilling on the caribou’s birthing grounds. The narrator, admitting to a perverse desire to be close to everything, wants nothing more than to spoon a caribou.


As the film culminates in anticipation of the “money shot”, the audience must evaluate their expectations of nature films. Meanwhile, the expedition team is left to weigh intention with strategy when environmental filmmaking mirrors tactics of the extraction economy they are fighting against.


The film uses documentary footage of the two-week expedition intercut with experimental vignettes — exercises to rethink our relationship to the land and animals we hope to protect.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    15 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States, Canada
  • Director
    Krista Davis