Silent Snow

Official film description

A invisible 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.

Notes on the film

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 and educational material for schools.

The 14 Minute Short Film

“Two girls examine the incomprehensible environmental damage that is poisoning their heritage, Greenland, and the only home their ancestors have known for thousands of years. Stunning cinematography captures this most timely issue”

World Wide Short Film Festival, Canadian Film Centre

Further reviews

We appreciated the film very much, equally, for the sensitivity of its message and for its artistic merit. – Die Jury des MedFilmFestival, Rom 2009

A beautiful thoughtful film. – Jury Planet in Focus Film Festival, Canada

The film is visually striking and uses the subtle, delicate and unsentimentally-told story of two young girls in an isolated and unfamiliar land to shed light on a powerful story of global significance. – Jury Slow Food Film Festival, Italien

Two girls examine the incomprehensible environmental damage that is poisoning their heritage, Greenland, and the only home their ancestors have known for thousands of years. Stunning cinematography captures this most timely issue. – World Wide Short Film Festival, Canadian Film Centre

Technical information and screening rights...

Director(s): Jan van den Berg, Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann
Script: Jan van den Berg
Production: Jan van den Berg, drsFilm, Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation, Andre Schreuders
Actors: Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann
 
Year: 2011
Duration: 71 min
Language (audio): English
Country of origin: Netherlands
Shooting Locations: Costa Rica, Greenland
Our age recommendation: 16
 

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Main topic(s): Consumption + Alternatives
Secondary topics: toxins
Mentions: poison sea arctic meat risk ddt pesticides
Topic Page(s): Consumption + Alternatives

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