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Mother Kuskokwim

USA - 23 minutes
Director: Tim Guthrie
Screenwriter: Carol Zuegner
Producer: John O'Keefe


This is a film about southwestern Alaska and the native Yupik people who live there. The region suffers from some of the worst rural poverty in the United States. This poverty is made worse by isolation, extreme temperatures in the winter, and the enormous cost of goods and services. Many of these people live without electricity or running water and rely heavily on subsistence fishing, hunting, and berry picking. All of this takes place in the context of a wild and largely intact tundra wilderness, which is currently threatened by planetary warming.