Under Thin Ice

In its recent report the American National Academy of Sciences issued a warning: The melting polar poles could raise sea […]


Under Thin Ice

In its recent report the American National Academy of Sciences issued a warning: The melting polar poles could raise sea levels by more than two meters, driving more than 187 million residents in the coastal zones out of their homes – within the next three generations. What exactly does that mean for nature and animals in the Arctic right now? In search of answers, extreme divers Jill Heinerth and Mario Cyr venture a dangerous expedition into the Arctic Ocean.

In captivating pictures, UNDER THIN ICE documents the progressing decline of one of the planet’s most precious ecosystems: Since 1980 the Arctic has lost almost a third of its summer ice. Under these conditions, shooting on the thin ice in Canada and Greenland turns into a race against time. Jill and Mario’s camp, situated on the ice in Lancaster Sound, is flooded by meltwater and gigantic cracks are barring the way to their diving spot. In southern Hudson Bay, they meet polar bears that are desperately looking for food – with more and more ice floes melting, their prey, the seals have been vanishing too. Greenland’s largest glacier Jakobshavn has retreated fifteen kilometers into the inland over the last 20 years, and the flocks of melting icebergs are weakening the Gulf Stream. The consequences are felt, not only by the inhabitants of the Arctic: A weak Gulf Stream brings extreme weather to Europe and thus the effects of climate change right on our doorstep…

Written & Directed by : Denis Blaquiere
Produced by: Natalie Dubois
Executive Producer: Arnie Gelbart, Mario Cyr, Christian Beetz
Editor: Alain Belhumeur
Director of Photography: Geoffroy Beauchemin
Sound: Marco Fania
Production & Post-Production Supervisor: Gloria Straccini

German Production Team
Line Producer: Kathrin Isberner
Producer: Kerstin Meyer-Beetz
Assistent Producer: Julia Krampe
Post-Production Supervisor: Xavier Agudo
Commissioning Editor SWR: Ute Hoffarth

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  • Under Thin Ice

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    25 July 2019 at 8:15 pm