‘This Land’ Documentary & Interactive Project – Canadian Rangers Push Across 2,000 km!

9 02 2011

Click to watch full 35 minute documentary

In March 2007, seven Canadian and Inuit rangers and one documentary filmmaker set out to cover more than 2000 km of the harshest terrain on the planet. They confront blizzards, labyrinths of crushed sea ice and near-impassable glaciers, with temperatures hovering around -50°C, to raise a flag on the northernmost tip of Canadian soil. With a mesmerizing soundtrack by Nunavut-born singer and narrator Tanya Tagaq and spectacular footage of the Arctic landscape, Dianne Whelan’s documentary captures the epic adventure with raw immediacy.

It’s stunning. The 35-minute documentary, directed by Dianne Whelan, (Personal Website) retraces an Arctic expedition she made alongside 7 rangers in March 2007. She was the only woman on the team. Together, they set out to cover more than 2000 km of the harshest terrain on the planet to raise a flag on the northernmost tip of Canadian soil, a puny 400 km from the North Pole. The film follows them through blizzards, labyrinths of crushed sea ice and near-impassable glaciers, all in temperatures that hover around -50°C.

Should you feel like you can’t get enough of this dramatically beautiful scenery (the North has a sneaky way of growing on you, be warned), we also have a sister interactive project you might like to immerse yourself in. Also called This Land, the project was released in June 2010 and has recently won best small multimedia site at the Online Journalism Awards.

>> If you liked the documentary be prepared to enjoy This Land on NFB/interactive!

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