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Wou Arctic Film Festival

MONMOUTH -- "Four Winter Nights: An Arctic Film Festival" continues through Friday, Jan. 29, at Western Oregon University

The film series, which opened Tuesday night, is being held in conjunction with the Arctic Symposium. Each film is free, open to the public, and will be shown at 7 p.m. in Information Technology Center (ITC) 211 on WOU's campus.

The remaining schedule:

* Wednesday, Jan. 27: "Being Caribou" -- Husband and wife team Karsten Heuer (wildlife biologist) and Leanne Allison (environmentalist) follow a herd of 120,000 caribou on foot across 1,500 km of Arctic tundra. They hope to raise awareness of the threats to the caribou's survival. Along the way they brave Arctic weather, icy rivers, hordes of mosquitoes and a hungry grizzly bear. Dramatic footage and video diaries combine to provide an intimate perspective of an epic expedition. (Documentary, 2004, 72 minutes).

* Thursday, Jan. 28: "Qallunaat: Why White People are Funny" -- This is a collaboration between filmmaker Mark Sandiford and Inuit writer and satirist Zebedee Nungak. Zebedee is CEO and head researcher of the mythical Qallunaat Studies Institute (QSI). According to Nungak, "Qallunaat ought to be the object of some kind of study by other cultures. The more I thought about the way they have studied us over the years it occurred to me, 'why don't we study them?'" A humbling portrait of what it must feel like to be the object of the white man's gaze. Fresh and original, this documentary has that rare ability to educate with wit. (Mockumentary, 2007, 99 minutes).

* Friday, Jan. 29: "Before Tomorrow" -- Set in 1940 in Canada's far north, a time when many Inuit had yet to meet white people, the story centers on elder Ningiuq (Madeline Ivalu), her ailing friend Kutuguq (Mary Qulitalik), and her grandson Maniq (Paul-Dylan Ivalu). The three take on the task of drying the community's supply of fish for the long winter on an isolated island. Maniq's father promises to fetch them, but as the fall hunting season ends and he fails to return, Ningiuq finds her worst fears confirmed. (Feature film, 2008, 93 minutes).

For more information: Jensen Arctic Museum, 503-838-8725.

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