Being Caribou

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72 min 19 s
Leanne Allison & Diana Wilson

In this feature-length documentary, husband and wife team Karsten Heuer (wildlife biologist) and Leanne Allison (environmentalist) follow a herd of 120,000 caribou on foot across 1500 km of Arctic tundra. In following the herd's migration, the couple hopes to raise awareness of the threats to the caribou's survival. Along the way they brave Arctic weather, icy rivers, hordes of mosquitoes and a very hungry grizzly bear. Dramatic footage and video diaries combine to provide an intimate perspective of an epic expedition.

Awards and distinctions

  • Award - Category: Environment Kendal Mountain Film Festival - Kendal, 2005
  • Award for Best Environment and Conservation film Japan Wildlife Film Festival - Tokyo, 2005
  • Leo Award for Best Overall sound in a Documentary Program or Series Leo Award - Vancouver, 2005
  • Leo Award for Best Documentary program or Series - Category: Nature/Environment/Adventure/Science/Tehcnology Leo Award - Vancouver, 2005
  • Award for Best Environmental Film Mountain Film Festival - Telluride, 2005
  • Award - Category: Earth International Festival of Mountain Film and Adventure - Bratislava, 2005
  • Merit Award for Dedication to a nature Cause International Wildlife Film Festival - Missoula, 2005
  • Award for Best Canadian Mountain Film Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival - Vancouver, 2005
  • Festival Grand Prize - Dan Culver Award Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival - Vancouver, 2005
  • Jury's Award Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival - Flagstaff, 2005
  • Audience Favourite Award Independent Film and Video Festival - Victoria, 2005
  • People's Choice Award for Best Film Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival - Nevada City, 2005
  • Award for Best Nature Film International Nature and Environmental (PINE) Film Festival - Portland, 2004
  • Honorable Mention EarthVision Film & Video Festival - Santa Cruz, 2004
  • Federal Express Award for Most Popular Canadian Film - ex-aequo with WHAT REMAINS OF US International Film Festival - Vancouver, 2004
  • AGF People's Choice Award Calgary IInternational Film Festival - Calgary, 2004
  • Screening Award International Wildlife Film Festival - Missoula, 2004
  • Gemini Award for Best Science, Technology, Nature, Environment or Adventure Documentary Program Gemini Awards - Toronto