On Thin Ice

Only 2 degrees more - what does that mean for the huge areas at the Russian polar circle? Wild animals, indigenous people and scientists have long been confronted with the consequences of climate change there. Unstoppable, perhaps irreversible, natural "foundations" of the Arctic are being shaken. Gigantic craters are opening in the permafrost. Taiga fires devastate entire regions, rivers mutate into rivulets and pack ice fields melt in record time. In the Russian Arctic, a "Pandora's Box" opens.



Director: Boas Schwarz

Boas is a filmmaker and cameraman for nature films. Even as a child, the native Black Forest animal filmmaker wanted to become an animal filmmaker. In 2007 he started working in the industry as a camera assistant and has been travelling all over the world ever since. Since 2017 he has been working for the nature film production company Altayfilm.

Director: Henry M. Mix

Henry is a producer, director and cameraman for natural history documentaries, and worked for a number of national and international networks, incl. NDR, ARTE, BBC, National Geographic and others. He worked as biodiversity expert for various environmental projects in Central Asia, Russia, Mongolia, Georgia and other countries. He is a board member of the German Species Conservation Foundation and was Series Producer of the so far biggest German natural history series (Wild Russia).

52 Min.
Director: Boas Schwarz, Henry M. Mix
Script: Henry M. Mix, Boas Schwarz
Cinematography: Boas Schwarz, Vladimir Filippov
Editing: Mirco Tribanek
Editor: Ralf Fronz (MDR), Anett Sager (Arte)
Producer: Henry M. Mix, Altayfilm GmbH
Awards: Best Science Film 2020
Nominations: GREEN REPORT 2020,
Best Science Film 2020,
Heinz Sielmann Film Award 2020
Website URL: https://www.altay.film/