Arts, Dining & Entertainment

‘The Last Ice’ shares the story of Inuit communities on the brink

Dec. 17-20—WOODSTOCK—Billings Farm & Museum’s 11th annual Woodstock Vermont Film Series features National Geographic’s “The Last Ice,” available for online streaming Dec. 17-20. The presentation includes an interview with the film’s director, Scott Ressler.

Scientific projections forecast the total disappearance of summer sea ice in the Arctic — the critical cooling system of our planet — by as early as 2040. But, as the sea ice between Canada and Greenland melts, the outside world sees an unprecedented opportunity. Oil and gas deposits, faster shipping routes, tourism and fishing all provide financial incentive to exploit the newly opened waters. For more than 100,000 Inuit who live in the Arctic, on and around the frozen ocean, an entire way of life is at stake. Development here threatens to upset the balance between their communities, land and wildlife, leaving the future of this region and their culture increasingly uncertain. “The Last Ice” tells the story of the Inuit communities fighting to protect the rapidly disappearing Arctic that has been their home for centuries. Filmed over four years and featuring interviews with Inuit community leaders, traditional hunters, activists, and youth, the question is, will the world listen?

Explore the Woodstock Vermont Film Series with multi-film passes or give them as a gift to the film lovers in your life this holiday season. Films can be viewed from the comfort of home anywhere in the United States. Individual tickets and previews for “The Last Ice” and future film series selections are also available at

For a full list of films, to learn how to view the films, and to purchase tickets and passes, go to or call 802-457-5303.

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