People of a Feather


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Tue, Feb 25, 2014 6:30 PM
Film Info
Runtime:90 minutes
Country Listing:Canada
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Joel Heath
Cinema Extra
Distributed by:Joel Heath


Oppositions: Architecture On Film: Offering insights into the role of design in the built environment.

People of a Feather is a breathtaking journey into the remote world of the Belcher Islands Inuit people. Uniting this community’s past and present is their cultural connection with the eider duck, a species now suffering massive die-offs. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, is essential for surviving harsh Arctic winters. But both the Inuit and the eiders are struggling to adapt to changing sea dynamics as seasons and ocean currents are reversed by run-off from hydroelectric dams that power North America’s entire eastern seaboard. Filmed over seven winters, Arctic ecologist and cinematographer Joel Heath’s debut feature employs stunning time-lapse photography and underwater footage to create an authentic and insightful portrayal of a community challenged by a changing environment. This stunning piece of visual poetry weaves past with present to powerfully acknowledge humankind’s relationship with nature and the fragility of our existence. Michelle Latimer, Hot Docs

In English and Inuktitut, with English subtitles.

University of Waterloo Architecture professor Lola Sheppard, and Greenpeace activist and University of Toronto professor, Keith Stewart will participate in post-screening Q&As on Tuesday, February 25.

Tickets: $11 per film ($8 for Bloor Members)

Double Bill with Trouble In The Peace: $15 ($12 for Bloor members) - BUY DOUBLE BILL

Presented with the Toronto Society of Architects.