Dur: 63’ , 2006 – Dir:
We think of the arctic as a pristine wilderness, and when scientists went
to collect breast milk from Inuit mothers, they were expecting to find
the purest milk anywhere on earth. But the levels went off the scale.
The milk of the Inuit mothers was loaded with chemicals which had migrated
from the south and built up in their traditional food...the seal, whale
and bear meat the Inuit people had been eating for centuries was slowly
poisoning them. Today, scientists cannot find a single woman anywhere
in the world who does not have these chemicals in her breast milk.
In this beautiful and thought-provoking film, artist and film maker Roz
Mortimer leads us on a hypnotic journey to the High Arctic. Using historical
texts, medieval maps and contemporary first person accounts, Mortimer
explores the traditional relationship Inuit have to the earth and gently
challenges our Western relationship to science and knowledge. This poetic
and visually stunning film weaves epic scenes of contemporary Inuit life
with startling throatsinging performances and staged tableaux vivants
set within the frozen Arctic landscape.
INVISIBLE is driven by a unique musical score including free-yoik from
Sami musician Wimme Saari, live and operatic throatsinging from Inuit
artist Tanya Tagaq and an exquisite theremin composition from Michael
Featuring the award winning environmental scientist Theo Colborn; the
chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference Sheila Watt-Cloutier; and Inuit
mothers who offer emotionally charged testimonies; this provocative film
resists the conventions of science documentaries and questions how we
live in the world today.
Filmed entirely on Baffin Island, Nunavut, in the communities of Iqaluit
“A wonderful and profound
work on the complex relations between a territory and its people”
Trento Film Festival, Italy
“Part environmental expose and
part art film, this powerful crossover piece flies in the face of conventional
documentary making methods”
Birds Eye View Film Festival, UK