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Being Caribou

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Environmentalist Leanne Allison and wildlife biologist Karsten Heuer follow a herd of 120,000 caribou on foot, across 1,500 kilometres of rugged Arctic tundra. The husband-and-wife team wants to raise awareness of threats to the caribou's survival.

They let the caribou guide them through a wild and remote landscape, from the central Yukon to coastal Alaska and back. During the five-month journey, they ski and hike across mountains, swim icy rivers, brave Arctic weather and endure hordes of mosquitoes. They survive an encounter with a hungry grizzly bear that forces them to reconcile what it means to be a part of true wilderness. Hunger, fatigue and pain become routine, but the sacrifice is worth it when they witness the miracle of birth just metres from their tent.

Dramatic footage and video diaries provide an intimate perspective of an epic expedition. At stake is the herd's delicate habitat, which could be devastated if proposed oil and gas development goes ahead in the herd's calving grounds in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

2004, 72 min 19 s

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Gemini Award for Best Science, Technology, Nature, Environment or Adventure Documentary Program
Gemini Awards
November 4 2006, Toronto - Canada

Award - Category: Environment
Kendal Mountain Film Festival
November 12 to 20 2005, Kendal - Germany

Award for Best Environment and Conservation film
Japan Wildlife Film Festival
August 4 to 7 2005, Tokyo - Japan

Leo Award for Best Documentary program or Series - Category: Nature/Environment/Adventure/Science/Tehcnology
Leo Awards
June 2 to 9 2005, Vancouver - Canada

Leo Award for Best Overall sound in a Documentary Program or Series
Leo Awards
June 2 to 9 2005, Vancouver - Canada

Award for Best Environmental Film
Mountain Film Festival
May 27 to 30 2005, Telluride - USA

Award - Category: Earth
International Festival of Mountain Film and Adventure
May 26 to 29 2005, Bratislava - Slovakia

Festival Grand Prize - Dan Culver Award
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
February 20 to 27 2005, Vancouver - Canada

Award for Best Canadian Mountain Film
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
February 20 to 27 2005, Vancouver - Canada

Jury's Award
Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival
February 17 to 21 2005, Flagstaff - USA

Audience Favourite Award
Film Festival
February 4 to 13 2005, Victoria - Canada

People's Choice Award for Best Film
Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival
January 7 to 9 2005, Nevada City - USA

Award for Best Nature Film
International Nature and Environmental (PINE) Film Festival
November 6 to 13 2004, Portland - USA

Honorable Mention
EarthVision Film & Video Festival
October 27 to 30 2004, Santa Cruz - USA

AGF People's Choice Award
Calgary International Film Festival
September 24 to October 3 2004, Calgary - Canada

Federal Express Award for Most Popular Canadian Film - ex-aequo with WHAT REMAINS OF US
International Film Festival
September 23 to October 8 2004, Vancouver - Canada

Screening Award
International Wildlife Film Festival
September 9 to 12 2004, Missoula - USA

Merit Award for Dedication to a nature Cause
International Wildlife Film Festival
April 30 2004 to May 7 2005, Missoula - USA

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