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This multi-award winning film is a eco-documentary, featuring the acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog, who deployed several time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and captured ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappeared at a breathtaking rate. In addition to this image of environmental change, Chasing Ice also has the poignant distinction of preserving in film the images of these massive ice forms before they disappeared. One reviewer wrote that the film is "heart-in-your-throat breathtaking."

When a piece of ice almost the size of Manhattan calves off a glacier into the ocean in less than an hour, or when over three miles of frozen ice recedes in three years, you'll feel the impact. But the film is not simply making a visual statement. My favorite aspect of this documentary is that it is disinterested in politicizing the events into sound bites of warring political parties. It is disinterested in blaming anyone. What this documentary is trying to do is define a  problem and say "How can we slow this down and find serious answers?" Without defining what humanity's actions must be, Chasing Ice simply brings evidence to light and lets the images speak for themselves.

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