Almost an Island

Almost an Island

ALMOST AN ISLAND is a cinematic portrait of the Goodwins, an Inupiat family living above the Arctic Circle in Kotzebue, Alaska. Through observing three generations of one family over the course of four years, ALMOST AN ISLAND explores what it means to be indigenous in the dramatically changing Arctic. Traditional practices and subsistence traditions have been kept alive by people like the Goodwins, who are deeply committed to passing them along — but how long can this last? Today in the Arctic, the seasons and animals seem confused, and corporations are angling to exploit the area’s natural resources. Kotzebue also faces deep social problems, such as alcoholism and domestic abuse. It was ranked by the FBI as Alaska’s most violent city: people are four times more likely here to suffer violent crime than anywhere else in the state. How long can people preserve their land and their native traditions when faced with such profound challenges? ALMOST AN ISLAND celebrates the spirit of resolve and gratitude of a people deeply connected to their heritage.

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