Directed by Allan Code, a Whitehorse based filmmaker, Arctic Secrets is a symphony of immensely strong and surprisingly fragile elements that comprise the wilderness of the Yukon Territory. Stunning imagery abounds in this visual adventure through its waters, mountains, and forests.
Focusing mainly on the more arctic regions of the territory, Code and cinematographer Mike Code capture landscapes and habitats with UAV-mounted cameras (drones) that no helicopter or human could ever reach. Animals of the north have been astoundingly resilient to change and extreme weather conditions in the past. Like the small pika and marmot that live in the glacial moraines of retreated glaciers, and the nearly extinct bald eagle and trumpeter swan that made miraculous comebacks.
An unprecedented shift is occurring in the form of global climate change. Only time will tell what the full effects will be, but there are already some jarring and visible manifestations.
The Yukon’s diverse wildlife serve as an abnormally tough canary in a coal mine for our rapidly changing world.
The documentaries Pictures Don’t Lie, Shift and Underdog screen on Monday, Feb. 6 at 12 p.m. at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. Arctic Secrets screens Monday, Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. at The Yukon Arts Centre.