"We Are All Related Here"
“We Are All Related Here” is a documentary film that tells the story of the Yup'ik people of Newtok, Alaska, who are being forced to relocate their village due to the erosion and flooding they are experiencing as a result of global warming.
Photo Courtesy of Native Film Series
We Are All Related Here is one of the award-winning feature documentaries showing at the 4th Annual Native Film Series August 12th & 13th at the historic El Morro Theatre in Gallup, New Mexico. The Native Film Series strives to provide a stage for Native American filmmakers to tell their stories.
The film was written, directed and produced by Brian McDermott.
We Are All Related Here screened at the 2016 Sustainability Film Series at the University of Minnesota, the 2016 Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival, the 2016 Alaska Forum on the Environment Film Festival, the 2016 Colorado Environmental Film Festival and the 12th Indigenous Film and Arts Festival in Denver. The film had its world premier at the 2015 Anchorage International Film Festival where it was awarded Honorable Mention for the best film made in Alaska.
All films are free and open to the public; any and all proceeds will be donated to the Gallup Solar, Inc.
The following text is from the We Are All Related Here official film site.
We meet some of the people The New York Times, The Guardian and NPR are calling America's "climate refugees," and learn about the history and culture of the Yup'ik people of Newtok, who are being forced to relocate their village due to the erosion and flooding they are experiencing as a result of global warming.
We witness their traditional ways of hunting, fishing and dancing in this village where the Yup'ik language is spoken fluently by the elders and children alike. The film also shows the devastation that is taking place in Newtok as a result of climate change and describes the multiple challenges facing the residents as they prepare to relocate their village nine miles south to a site called Mertarvik.
Robin Bronen, the Executive Director of the Alaska Institute for Justice and Senior Research Scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Institute of Arctic Biology, addresses the limitations of current disaster relief legislation and the implications for those being threatened by climate change. We also hear from the Deputy Regional Executive/Center Director of the U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center, Carl Markon, who provides us with some context for the erosion and flooding that are occurring in Newtok. Finally, Sally Russell Cox, a planner with the state of Alaska in charge of helping the village to relocate, explains some of the difficulties involved with securing the funding needed for relocation. She also gives us an overview of the process for relocating this village—that the Army Corps of Engineers estimates has only two years until its largest and most significant buildings are impacted.