NEWTOK film showing and discussion

PRESENTED BY: Online Event
7:00 PM, Friday, May 20, 2022 PST
Location: Online Event - Pacific Standard Time (click for map)

Join Meaningful Movies in Kirkland with the showing of this important film and a community discussion.  Just announced: Marie Meade, a Yup’ik Culture Bearer and Professor/Cultural Anthropologist at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, will be joining our discussion.

Water will erase Newtok, Alaska. Built on a delta at the edge of the Bering Sea, the tiny Yup’ik village has seen melting permafrost, river erosion and decaying infrastructure for decades. Warming temperatures have turbo-charged erosion and the Ninglick River, once a mile away, now churns at the edge of the village. The 360 Yup’ik residents face an unprecedented challenge: To keep their culture and community intact, they must relocate their entire village to stable ground upriver while facing a federal government that has failed to take appropriate action to combat climate change.

To flee the land they’ve known for millennia would mean risking the future of traditional knowledge, language and cultural bonds. Either way, the people of Newtok will become climate refugees. NEWTOK follows Della Carl, a single mother of three; Albertina Charles, a widowed community leader and teacher; and Andrew John, a former Marine tasked with helping relocate his community. It is a film about of a village seeking justice in the face of climate disaster.


  • Watch the film: View the film on your own using the link you will be sent after registration
  • Friday May 20th, 7:00 pm PDT: Community discussion

Please register for the event and you will receive links to stream the movie in your home and to the Zoom discussion meeting on May 20th.  Note that the film is available for you to watch on your own – we will not be showing it before the discussion on May 20th.

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Special Guests: Marie Meade, a Yup'ik Culture Bearer and Professor/Cultural Anthropologist at the University of Alaska, Anchorage

Sponsors: Patagonia is supporting the appearance of Marie Meade in our film discussion in addition to their funding of Newtok.

Release Year: 2021

Running Time: 1 hr 37 min

Director: Andrew Burton, Michael Kirby Smith