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NEW! Friday Film Discussion Club: Children of the Arctic

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm

This will be the library’s second meeting of the new monthly online discussion group, “The Friday Film Club.” The group is for anyone who enjoys critically-acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, and foreign films. Discussions will be led by the Library’s Program Coordinator, Julia Pierce. Email jpierce@librarycamden.org to request a Zoom link to participate.

For the month of November (American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month), we’ve chosen the documentary Children of the Arctic (2015) 1 hr, 32 min. The summary and trailer are below. Friday Film Club members will be able to submit suggestions for films to view and talk about. Free or low-cost options for viewing the selections will be cited. People interested in participating in the film club should watch the documentary and bring their thoughts about it to the film discussion program on Zoom. Online meetings will be held on third Fridays.

You can watch the film on Kanopy (an app you can access for free with your library card): https://www.kanopy.com/product/children-arctic

You can also watch the film on Amazon (possibly free for prime members): https://www.amazon.com/Children-Arctic-OmU-Samuel-Patkotak/dp/B01LX9Z2RJ

The film may also be available for PBS Passport members on the PBS app. It aired on PBS as part of their “America Reframed” series.

The film can also be rented on YouTube: https://youtu.be/MTl9bBRrdZg

Summary: Children of the Arctic is a portrait of five Native Alaskan teenagers coming of age in Barrow, Alaska – the northern-most community of the United States. As they embark on their journey into adulthood, they strive to be both modern American kids and the inheritors of an ancient whaling culture. For the Iñupiat teenagers of Barrow growing up has become more complicated than it was for their ancestors who named this place “Ukpiagvik” (“a place to hunt snowy owls”). They are the descendants of a culture that has endured for more than a millennium on this isolated, but now rapidly changing tundra. Click here to watch the trailer.

This film discussion group is co-sponsored by the Camden Conference. The organization’s February 20 – 21, 2021 conference topic is The Geopolitics of the Arctic: A Region in Peril. Numerous free community events will be held leading up to the conference, including evening programs hosted by the Camden Public Library on third Tuesdays. Visit the Camden Conference’s website and the library’s events calendar for more details.

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