Imiqutailaq: Path of the Arctic Tern| 53mins
Director: Geoff Green & Michel Valiquette | Producer: Students on Ice
Focus Years: 2006 | Country: Canada
The film chronicles a life-altering journey from one end of the Earth to the other, by two Inuit teens (Terry Noah and Jason Qaapiq) from Grise Fiord, Nunavut, Canadaâ€™s northernmost Arctic community, to the bottom of the world, Antarctica. The journey was the dream of the late Dr. Fritz Koerner (1932-2008), the irreverent and legendary glaciologist whom the people of Grise Fiord named "Imiqutailaq" (Arctic Tern), after the little seabird that flies from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back each year. The documentary touches on Fritzâ€™s 50 years traveling pole to pole, studying the ice, and how he wanted these Inuit youth to better understand the impacts of climate change, and inspire everyone to do something about protecting the poles and the planet. The film received the Seven Summits Award at the 2011 Mountain Film Festival, and the El Capitan Award in the Environmental Film Competition at the 2010 Yosemite Film Festival. "Imiqutailaq" premiered at the Canadian International Polar Year Film Festival on September 30, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario and it was featured at the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP15) on December 11, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.