• On Thin Ice

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  • On Thin Ice

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On Thin Ice

a film by Henry M. Mix, Boas Schwarz

On Thin Ice

Germany | 2020 | 52:00 min

Original Title:
AUF DÜNNEM EIS

Content Categories

Documentary
Synopsis
Large areas of Arctic Russia and Siberia used to be no-go zones for decades. For the first time, our team was able to enter some of these zones to discover dramatic degradations in Siberia’s waters, soil and air. The film is highly topical, alarming and provides gripping imagery from a little known and rarely seen frontline of climate change. It features the sheer dimension of the transformations and sheds a light on serious consequences for Siberia’s native h
uman population and wildlife. Gigantic canyons, “mega slumps”, are opening up where endless taiga forest used to be. Hundreds of massive rifts are blasting off from the deep, exhaling methane, which has a 30 times stronger greenhouse effect than carbon dioxide. Rivers run low and large dunes in dry riverbeds make parts of Central Siberia look like the Sahara. Forest fires are rushing over the taiga every year and the once ice-locked Northeast Passage becomes navigable. Enormous layers of permafrost are thawing and are revealing remains of ancient times, including hitherto unknown microbial life forms resembling giant viruses, which are now coming back to life. They contain up to 8000 times more genetic material than all known viruses and its pathogenic potential for humans living today is still unknown. The future of many wildlife populations is at stake. Wild reindeer change their annual migration. Desperate for food, polar bears are rambling across villages and even cities. The reproduction rate of the rare Arctic Ivory gull is decreasing. Last but not least, the life of arctic reindeer herders, which has remained almost unchanged for thousands of years, is under pressure. Their livelihoods are virtually melting away. In the Russian Arctic, climate change is not a question anymore. It is happening, now and at a worrying pace. Scientists say, that the tipping point was reached already years ago. Pandora’s box has been opened. [Albatross]
Festivals/Awards
2020
Best Science Film – Green Screen IFF
Best Central European Film – EKOFILM FESTIVAL
Best Film – WFFR Rotterdam
Audience Award – Darss Nature FF
2021
Special Prize of the City of Potsdam – Ökofilmtour Festival
Best Feature Film – Gran Paradiso FF
German Conservation ans Sustainability Film Award – Naturvision FF
Grand Prix – Mountainfilm IFF
Cast and Crew
  • Director Henry M. Mix, Boas Schwarz
  • Producer Henry M. Mix
  • Director of Photography Boas Schwarz, Vladimir Filippov
  • Editor Mirco Tribanek
Original Languages

Russian

World Sales Company
Albatross World Sales GmbH
Chopinstr. 8, 04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 44282450

info@albatrossworldsales.com
http://www.albatrossworldsales.com
Production Company
Altayfilm GmbH
Landsberger Allee 53, 10249 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 42806355

mail@altay.film
http://www.altay.film
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