Sila and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic
Directed by: Corina Gamma
‘Here on the 25th of October, the Sun sets for the winter. On the 17th of February, the sun rises again... ice and Sun has made us our life’. And that is changing, in this fascinating exploration of the daily lives of the Inuit. “Sila” in Greenlandic connotes the weather, the universe and all consciousness and ‘Sila’ the documentary concentrates on the disorder of Sila due to global warming. It also explores a team of NASA-funded researchers who measure the climate on the ice to aid our understanding of the past and to predict the future. A lone child swings on a rope in the ice, dogs pant as they run, men fish in their frozen desert, birds circle the sky; director Corina Gamma’s images capture Arctic culture in an elegant, humanistic way. Thankfully we are not overwhelmed with scientific jargon, but instead, we are presented with a form of effortless documentary-making that invites you to lean in and share in its fascination with the beauty of the natural world. Considering the grim premise of climate change, ‘Sila’ succeeds by advocating the ethereal connection between man and nature.