Losing Alaska (2018)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 22m

The town of Newtok, Alaska is facing a crisis. Due to global warming, the permafrost on which it has laid its foundations is starting to melt, harsh winter storms erode its coastline, and summer meltwaters corrode its edges. With it losing 75 feet per month, it’s not long before the houses will be swallowed up by the Ninglick River. Its 375 inhabitants must decide what to do. Half want to relocate to firmer ground, while the rest refuse to move. State agencies fail to get involved and the nearest town is 40 miles away. But the climate is changing, and time is running out.

Premiering at IDFA in 2018, this documentary examines the idea of a community, and one can do when faced with its physical demise. It’s a sobering story that might become more common in the coming years.

**“a telling document for our times” ** RTE

“Alarming and engaging viewing.” Hot Press Magazine

Director

Tom Burke

Language

English

Countries

Ireland, United States