Chasing Ice is a visually stunning, sobering documentary about extreme photography (and extreme adventuring) in the name of cataloguing the evidence of the effects of climate change on glaciers in Greenland, Iceland and Alaska.
James Balog is a photographer with a scientific background who set up the Extreme Ice Survey to document the changes that are happening to glaciers across the world. This film follows the project over several years, showing the technical and physical challenges facing Balog and his team. Equipment failure and extreme knee injury alike fail to deter Balog from his task.
The resulting photography is stunning, and the cinematography of the film is amazing (especially the ending sequence showing a major glacier calving (splitting up). The before and after photos of various glaciers demonstrate just how quickly and how entirely glaciers are shrinking and in some cases entirely disappearing.
Balog has through his work in photographing glaciers become a spokesperson on issues around climate change.
This is a must see film, both because of its message and because it is visually so beautiful.
Chasing Ice is showing at Edinburgh Filmhouse tomorrow and Monday 31 December.
Find out your nearest UK screening on the website or request the film to come to your local cinema!
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