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  • A young environmental refugee forms an unexpected friendship with an Inuk ice artist.

    A young environmental refugee forms an unexpected friendship with an Inuk ice artist.

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  • Still from That Which Once Was

    Still from That Which Once Was

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The Film

In the year 2032, Vicente, an eight-year-old Caribbean boy, has been displaced by global warming and fends for himself as an environmental refugee in a hostile Northern metropolis. Orphaned and without connection to family or friends, Vicente now lives in a children’s shelter on the fringes of the city, and struggles with anxiety, rage, and disturbing memories of the tragedy he fled. On a hot summer day, Vicente sits outside the shelter and sees a mysterious man smashing large chunks of ice against the pavement. Thus begins an unexpected friendship between Vicente and Siku, the ice carver: two people from different worlds who have both experienced tremendous loss. Through their bond, Siku ultimately helps Vicente confront his past and understand the value of memory.

The Filmmakers

  1. Kimi TakesueDirector
  2. Adriane GiebelProducer
  3. Richard BeenenCo-Producer