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Visit the Yukon in Berlin

This screening took place on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 6:00pmBabylon Theatre, Berlin, Germany

The Visit Yukon at the Babylon series is curated by Yukon-based filmmaker / composer Daniel Janke - in attendance for a Q and A sessions after each screening.

September 22: Yukon Short Films

September 29: Sovereign Soil

October 6: All The Time In The World

October 13: Yukon Belle + Picturing a People

October 20: Memory Trap + Otter Eye

Visit Yukon is a production of the Babylon Theatre and Northern Town Films, in cooperation with the Yukon Film Society, and with support from Yukon Government, department of Tourism and Culture.


September 22, Cinema 1       Short Films From Yukon, Canada

- Q and A afterwards with Yukon-based filmmaker / composer Daniel Janke

- Reception to follow screening.

How People Got Fire [NFB, 2008, 14:00 min., English, animation, dir. Daniel Janke]

Made in cooperation with the Smith family of Kwanlin Dün First Nation, Yukon, Canada, How People Got Fire is a poetic reenactment of the ancient Tlingit legend about how people first got fire.

Field Notes [2013, 3:00 min., collage, dir. Veronica Verkley]

In three minutes, the filmmaker shows three years of daily clips looking out from her cabin near Dawson City, Yukon.

The Provider [2012, 8:00 min., silent film – English, dir. Moira Sauer]

A young woman lures single men to join her to enjoy the idyllic life at her cabin in the Yukon woods.

The Man Who Always Lives in the Bush  [2015, 5:00 min., dir. Mary Jane Moses] 

A portrait of the filmmakers’ late husband Georgie Moses, of the Vuntut Gwich’in First Nation of Old Crow, Yukon.

River [Northern Town Films, 2011, 7:00 min., English, Deutsche Untertitel; dir. Daniel Janke]

This poetic documentary uses archival and contemporary footage to shine a light on some of the history of the Yukon River as flowing from the future into the past.

Being Skidoo [LandMarks, 2017, 10:00 min., Jeneen Frei Njootli]

Being skidoo is an experimental documentary about developing and creating regalia for skidoos based on traditional practice for dog teams in the community of Old Crow, Yukon. Frei Njootli navigates the trouble of showing this intimate practice while refusing layers of colonial gaze and consumption of their traditional Vuntut Gwich’in territory.

King Covid  [Red Snapper Films, CBC, 2020, 10:00 min., dir. Lulu Keating]

King Covid describes how humans and viruses have interacted since the beginning of time. The COVID-19 virus, however, wants credit for stopping humans before they destroy our shared habitat.

Homecoming Song

[Northern Town Films, 2020, 21:00 min., English and Tlingit, Deutsche Untertitel; dir. Daniel Janke] Made in cooperation with the Sidney family of the Carcross-Tagish First Nation, Yukon, Homecoming Song tells the story of the origins of an ancient song sung by Tlingit elder Angela Sidney when her son came home from World War II.

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September 29, Cinema 2

Sovereign Soil  [NFB, Jackleg Films, 2019, 90 min., dir. David Curtis]

Set in the northern wilds surrounding the tiny sub-Arctic town of Dawson City, Yukon, Sovereign Soil depicts a year in the life of a handful of unlikely farmers who are growing everything from snow-covered Brussels sprouts to apples. These modern-day agrarians have carved out small patches of fertile soil in an otherwise unforgiving expanse of isolated wilderness to make a living and a life. Trailer -

- Q and A afterwards with Yukon-based filmmaker / composer Daniel Janke


October 6, Cinema 2

All The Time In The World [Drift Productions, 2014, 87 min., dir. Suzanne Crocker]

In search of a new perspective on life, a family of five leaves the comforts of home to live remotely, off-grid, in the Yukon wilderness during the long Yukon winter. Home school, no jobs, no roads, no electricity, no internet, no running water, and no clocks or watches. 

Trailer -

- Q and A afterwards with curator, Yukon-based filmmaker / composer Daniel Janke


October 13, Cinema 2

Yukon Belle and Picturing A People

Yukon Belle [CBC Vancouver, 1960, 29:00 min.] follows the experiences of female hunting guide, Belle Desrosier, as she leads a group of hunters on a sheep hunt in the Yukon mountains.

Picturing a People: George Johnston, Tlingit Photographer [NFB, Nutaaq Media, Fox Point Productions, 1997, 50:00, dir. Carol Geddes] is a unique documentary portrait of Tlingit photographer, George Johnston. A keeper of his culture. Johnston cared deeply about the traditions of the Tlingit people, and he recorded a critical period in the history of the Inland Tlingit nation, from the 1920s to 1950s. His legacy was "to help us dream the future as much as to remember the past."  Trailer -

- Q and A afterwards with curator, Yukon-based filmmaker / composer Daniel Janke


October 20th, Cinema 2

Memory Trap, and Otter Eye

Memory Trap [Na Ho Productions, 45:00 min., dir Allan Code] tells the story of the Forty-Mile caribou herd in Northern Yukon. From half a million in the 1920s the herd was decimated to about seven thousand by the 1970s. Memory Trap follows the herd for a year through the remote wilderness of Northern Yukon and Alaska. The film tells how traditional knowledge and science saved the herd from near extinction.  Trailer -

Otter Eye [Na Ho Productions, 22:00 min., dir Allane Code] is an in-depth musing on the life, habits and survival of the river otter that inhabits rivers and lakes throughout the Yukon.

- Q and A afterwards with curator, Yukon-based filmmaker / composer Daniel Janke


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