A didactic film informing the climate state of emergency crisis, The Willow Project, BIA -Bureau of Indian Affairs and the health issues of the Inupiat indigenous community in the Arctic circle leading the fight by young indigenous women. The film takes a poetic creative approach to illustrate the complexity, pain, and struggle of Siqiniq.
Siqiniq, an Inupiaq Indigenous woman, crosses the treacherous winter tundra. This hike through the tundra provides the symbolic backdrop of her struggles as a modern-day warrior fighting corporate greed.
Some of the unique obstacles she has to navigate is being considered an Urban or City Native. They did not grow up on their traditional lands but are strongly connected to their culture and all it provides. Growing up with a mother that lives in their village and a white father from New Jersey, she also finds herself at the crossroads of ancient traditions and the modern world. The film allows us to witness the multiple layers of both internal and external conflicts, including generational trauma, addiction, and loss, that have made her a complex, unique, and unforgettable warrior.
MASSIVE PROJECT: Willow is a proposed oil development with a location that would necessitate huge investments in new fossil fuel infrastructure. As proposed, the Willow project would include up to five drill pads with fifty wells on each pad (250 wells total), an extensive permanent gravel road system that will connect back to existing industrial infrastructure, 386 miles of pipelines and water-intensive ice roads, 1-2 airstrips, and a new Central Processing Facility that will catalyze more oil projects and significant additional unnecessary carbon pollution.
The Willow Master Development Plan is incompatible with any efforts to combat the climate crisis. The clock is ticking and we have, at most, 10 years to avoid catastrophic outcomes of the climate crisis. Not only would Willow contribute to this inevitable result if passed, this project would also disproportionately affect the community of Nuiqsut, a predominantly Iñupiaq village of about 500 people already living through extreme pollution from existing oil projects.
While many Iñupiat are in support of oil development, there are still many that are on the fence and some that oppose. There is a misconception that our Native corporations represent all community members’ opinions. SILA is one of the few organizations that openly speaks against oil development. Following the March 2022 gas leak at Alpine Field, some Nuiqsut community members have voiced their concerns about the environmental and public health implications of oil development in the area (here is a Washington Post article on it).
Sign up to stay updated with all new trailer, showings and more!
COPYRIGHT © 2022 SIQINIQ FILM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED | WEBSITE BY 6THBLOCK.CO