Uummannaq, foto by Tiina Itkonen.
Saving the sledge, foto by Bertrand Lozay.
Ole Jorgen and Pipaluk Hammeken
Audience Award for short film, Japan 2009.
Silent Snow, the short trailer film (2007) 14 min.
A silent assassin is destroying the Inuit community in Greenland. Chemical residues from all over the world accumulate here invisibly, poisoning humans and animals. Via currents in the ocean and attached to snow, pesticides like DDT are carried northbound into Inuit land, causing illness and premature death.
Silent Snow is a documentary project investigating, together with the people who are affected the most, what turns out to be a structural pollution of the entire global environmental system. In the short film, we follow two young girls in Northern Greenland while they are travelling to a disappearing village where one of them still lives. Against a background of melting ice they discuss the pollution which is not only dramatically changing their lives, but threatening the entire world.
The Silent Snow project
The Silent Snow project aims to raise awareness of this problem and consists of both a short and a feature length documentary by Jan van den Berg, educational material for schools and this website.
The 14 Minute Short Film
Watch the trailer below:
Since its premiere at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) November 2007, the 14 minute Silent Snow short film has been selected for over 20 international film festivals,such as Sapporo Short Fest Japan, Los Angeles Film Festival and World Wide Short Film Festival Toronto and won two awards for Best Short Film (at the Green Film Festival Seoul and Slow Food on Film Festival Bologna). It has been embedded in educational packages on human rights and the environment in The Netherlands by the International Polar Year and Czech One World in Schools program.