A documentary film about a 99% decline of caribou and what that means for Inuit in the Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut regions of Labrador, Canada had its Canadian broadcasting premiere of a at the beginning of August!
Through Inuit voices, HERD: Inuit Voices on Caribou tells the story of the social, emotional, and cultural disruptions from ecological change by putting an essential human face to the caribou declines - including a 99% decline of the once-massive George River Caribou Herd. The film was developed over four years of collaboration between filmmakers and 11 Inuit communities across Labrador. It cinematically explores an array of lived experiences, from youth to Elders and hunters to cooks, to ensure that the stories of those living on the frontlines of this ecological crisis are HERD. It is a portrait of the deep connections that exist between humans and non-humans, a glimpse of heartbreaking loss felt by entire communities, and a lasting testament of cultural resilience in the context of ecological uncertainty.
The film can be watched on CBC Gem for free across Canada at: http://gem.cbc.ca/media/absolutely-canadian/s22e22
Press Page: https://www.inuitvoicesherd.com/press
Link to Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9hPKZrHJIU
Link to Behind the Scenes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqVPJt2XmKs
Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter: @inuitvoicesherd
Led by Inuit from the Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut regions of Labrador, HERD documents, preserves, and shares Inuit knowledge and experiences with caribou, all through the co-creation of community-based documentary film. The initiative is led by Inuit community members and representatives from the Nunatsiavut Government, NunatuKavut Community Council, Torngat Wildlife Plants and Fisheries Secretariat, and researchers from the Labrador Campus of Memorial University, University of Alberta, and University of Guelph. Between 2016-2022, we talked with, filmed, and photographed over 80 Inuit from across 12 distinct communities in Labrador; we documented caribou and landscapes from various parts of Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut; and we collected archival multimedia from decades in the past. As a result, we gathered over 100 hours of footage, thousands of photographs, and countless memories from knowledge holders who were involved in this work. More information, photos, and writings can be found at: www.inuitvoicesherd.com
For media inquiries, contact David Borish