SILA and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic

Event Date: 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 -
3:30pm to 5:30pm

Event Location: 

  • Bren 1414

Event Price: 

FREE

Event Contact: 

Martin Rodriguez
mrodriguez@es.ucsb.edu

The film documentary Sila and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic examines the impact of global warming on a once-thriving culture now struggling to survive on our world's northernmost frontier. The Inuit find their traditional way of life quickly slipping away along with the melting of the Arctic ice.


About Corina Gamma:
Corina Gamma is a Swiss born filmmaker and multi-media artist. With her work, she merges documentation and conceptual art, often exploring the relationships between people and their environment. She began her education in Fine Art in Switzerland. After settling in Southern California, she continued her studies at the University of California and completed with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the Claremont Graduate University. Throughout her life, Gamma has been drawn to extreme places, whether the fringes of an urban environment or geographically far, uninhabitable places. Between 2009 and 2013 Corina Gamma travelled multiple times to Greenland, where she investigated and produced of her documentary SILA and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic, exploring the many settlements and towns from the southern tip to Greenland’s most northern village Siorapluk. In Spring of 2011, she spent three weeks with renowned Swiss climatologist Dr. Konrad Steffen and his crew on the inland ice sheet at Swiss Camp, a climate research station. SILA and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic gained her several nominations and awards, among them the nomination for “Prix du Soleur” in Switzerland, the nomination for “Best Documentary” at Raindance Film Festival in London and won “Best Documentary” at the Berlin Independent Film Festival.