Past Event
Visual and Dramatic Arts
Friday, December 7
The Refuge

About the Event

About the film

The Gwich’in people of Alaska and northern Canada have depended on the Porcupine caribou herd for millennia. But their connection to the caribou goes far deeper than traditional subsistence hunting: the Gwich’in believe that they are guardians of the herd, and that the fates of the people and the caribou are forever entwined.

For the last 30 years, the Gwich’in have been fighting proposed oil extraction projects in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—to them, its pristine coastal plain where the caribou calve their young is “the Sacred Place Where Life Begins.” Directed by Kahlil Hudson and Alex Jablonski, The Refuge tells the story of two Gwich’in women who are continuing the decades-long battle for their people’s survival—and the survival of the wild animals that so faithfully bring them life.

Patagonia has supported the Gwich’in Steering Committee and the Alaska Wilderness League through our Environmental Grants Program since the early 2000s. We’re now standing in solidarity with the Gwich’in people to ask Congress to designate the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge as wilderness, protecting it from oil drilling and industrial development forever.


More information about the film 



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Cinema auditorium, room #100