Monday 23. September 2013

Screening of the acclaimed documentary film Ice People

Ice People (2009)
Ice People (2009)
The University Centre of the Westfjords invites you 
to see the documentary Ice People. The screening will be held Wednesday September 25, at 20.00, at Ísafjarðarbío (the local cinema). The director and producer, Anne Aghion, will take questions after the screening. Everyone is welcome to attend, no entrance fee.

In Ice People, Anne Aghion explores the physical, emotional and spiritual adventure of living and conducting science in Antarctica. Filmed “on the ice” over the course of four months, it was described by Variety as “staggeringly beautiful,” and received critical praise from publications as diverse as the The New York Times, USA Today, ArtForum and EARTH Magazine.

Anne Aghion is in Iceland through the initiative of Guðni Elisson, Professor and Department Chair of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies. Guðni Elísson is a visiting teacher at the Unversity Centre of the Westfjords and his course on Communicating Climate Change has been very popular among students. 

While in Iceland, Anne Aghion will use the opportunity to explore the landscape in the Westfjords peninsula for a few days. For those interested, Anne Aghion will screen another documentary film at the University of Iceland on Friday October 4.
  
Anne Aghion (bio excerpt from Ice People promotional website):

Multiple award-winning filmmaker Anne Aghion has been praised by critics both as a director of unique and poetic vision, and a documentarian who conveys a strong sense of the people and places she covers. Her work has earned her, among other honors, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Emmy, the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival’s Nestor Almendros Award for Courage in Filmmaking, an Arts & Literary Arts Residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, a MacDowell Colony Elodie Osborn Fellowship, and a UNESCO Fellini Prize.

Her most recent documentary, My Neighbor My Killer (2009), capped nearly ten years of filming the Gacaca (pr. ga-TCHA-tcha) justice process in post- genocide Rwanda. There, Aghion charted the emotional impact of a system of local open-air courts that adjudicated genocide crimes, and returned killers to their homes in exchange for confessions.

In Ice People, Aghion explores the physical, emotional and spiritual adventure of living and conducting science in Antarctica. Filmed “on the ice” over the course of four months, it was described by Variety as “staggeringly beautiful,” and received critical praise from publications as diverse as the The New York Times, USA Today, ArtForum and EARTH Magazine.

Aghion splits her time between New York and Paris. She holds a degree in Arab Language and Literature from Barnard College at Columbia University in New York. Before making films, she spent close to a decade at The New York Times, and then at the International Herald Tribune in Paris.