An Alaskan couple takes a 1,000 mile journey to remote native communities embroiled in debate about open-pit gold mining.
For most Documentarians, a camera, mic, and tripod are the most important equipment. This Alaskan couple first requires fatbikes, packrafts, and warm sleeping bags to make their film, as they travel hundreds of miles over the rugged terrain of the Alaskan wilderness. Through mosquito tsunamis and sub-zero temperatures, Bjorn and Kim discover firsthand just how enormous the influences of open-pit gold mining in the roadless wilderness could be.
Life in the 'Bush' is hard by many standards. A subsistence fisherman realizes that the salmon run will not be enough to support his family. An Iditarod dog musher takes a wrong turn and winds up 50 miles off track in the middle of the night. Meanwhile, a multi-national mining conglomerate seeks feasible profits in a place that is hundreds of miles from existing infrastructure.
'Where the Heck is Donlin?' Most Alaskans have never even heard of the Donlin Gold Mine, despite the fact that this proposal would dwarf every gold mine in the state's history. Information on this project is scarce, and failed to answer many of Bjorn and Kim's critical questions. So they took their inquiry to the trail, to meet people see the land, and learn about the social, economic, and environmental impacts of large-scale mineral development in this rural region.
It turns out that Donlin is possibly just around the bend, but what exactly this spells for the fate of the Kuskokwim region, and Alaska at large, is still very vague. The purpose of this film is to ignite conversation, raise awareness, and promote critical thinking as decisions are being made now that will affect future generations for centuries and perhaps millennia to come.
Link to Dancing Man Knives and Ulus: http://dancingmanknives.com/
Coal Point Seafoods here in Homer Alaska. From their website:
"Over the past 40 years we have been busy building and fishing our boats the F/V Time Bandit, the Bold Ruler, the F/V Sea Wife, Invader, Gertrude Ann, Sadie Lady, Sukoi Bay, Freedom and the American Way.
We have fished most Alaskan fish and shellfish species in all waters with most fishing gear types, from Ketchikan to the Bering Sea. We have also rehabilitated and enhanced all five species of salmon and restored Salmon runs damaged by the Alaskan earthquake from Noatak to Kodiak.."
Read more here: http://welovefish.com/index.html
Kim and I both use Surly wheels and tires. We received a sponsorship, from Surly, of Rolling Daryl rims (82mm wide) and Larry tires (3.7 inches wide). This combination served us well and we are strongly recommend them to anyone wishing to go fat.
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