Sila and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic

Series: Portland EcoFilm Festival

The concept of SILA – a term that encompasses weather, balance and consciousness – frames a story in the world’s northernmost inhabited Inuit village within the Arctic Circle, in Greenland. As international polar scientists on Greenland’s Inland Ice Cap track the effects and far-reaching consequences of the warming Arctic, these drastic changes in weather patterns are also impacting the Inuit’s centuries-old practices of subsistence living. Filled with gorgeous cinematography of this icy landscape and intimate views of the humans on the frontlines of climate change – SILA explores the Greenlandic idea that weather acts as the conscience of nature. PNW premiere! Directed by Corina Gamma. 2015, US, 60 mins.


THIS PLACE CALLED NUKA: COURTING ADVENTURE IN WILD ALASKA: Filmmaker Dave Weich in attendance! Jeff and Angela dropped out of college to attend the “school of life” - in a patch of spectacular wilderness tucked between a glacier and the Gulf of Alaska, seventy miles from the nearest outpost.  Directed by Dave Weich, Sheepscot Creative. 2016, 22 mins.

PROTECT THE COLUMBIA FROM THE WORLD’S LARGEST METHANOL REFINERY: Citizens from Cowlitz County, WA and the conservation nonprofit organization Columbia Riverkeeper, advocate for the Columbia River by opposing the building of a refinery. Directed by Balance Media. 2017, 4 MINS 

Community Partner: Columbia Riverkeeper