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Speaking truth to power: films for a finite world

Wednesday 3 May 2017, 17.30
Chasing Ice
Miall LT (2.34), Baines Wing

Our free and open to all film series, ‘Speaking Truth to Power:  Films for a Finite World’, continues with the last film of this academic year, Chasing Ice, co-hosted with the Living Well Within Limits (LiLi) project and the Priestley International Centre for Climate.  This replaces the previously advertised film, Chasing Coral, by the same Director, Jeff Orlowski.  Chasing Ice will be followed by a short from Shell, “Climate of Concern”, which shows how much they knew in 1991.

National Geographic photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In ‘Chasing Ice,’ we follow Balog across the Arctic as he deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Balog’s hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a young team of adventurers by helicopter, canoe and dog sled across three continents, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story in human history. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramp up around the world, ‘Chasing Ice’ depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to gather evidence and deliver hope to our carbon-powered planet”. (IMDB)

“Climate of Concern” is a 28 minute film made by oil company Shell, warning of the catastrophic risks of climate change and showing that the company has had a clear grasp of global warming for at least 26 years.