Losing Alaska (2018)

  • Documentary, Environment
  • 1h 22m

The town of Newtok, Alaska is facing a crisis. Due to global warming, the permafrost on which it has laid its foundations is starting to melt, harsh winter storms erode its coastline, and summer meltwaters corrode its edges. With it losing 75 feet per month, it’s not long before the houses will be swallowed up by the Ninglick River. Its 375 inhabitants must decide what to do. Half want to relocate to firmer ground, while the rest refuse to move. State agencies fail to get involved and the nearest town is 40 miles away. But the climate is changing, and time is running out.

Premiering at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in 2018, this documentary examines the idea of a community, and what one can do when faced with its physical demise. It’s a sobering story that might become more common in the coming years.

Losing Alaska does not yet have a certificate from the British Board of Film Classification, but in our opinion it is a PG: for general viewing, but some language and scenes may be unsuitable for young children.

“a telling document for our times” RTE

“Alarming and engaging viewing.” Hot Press Magazine


Tom Burke




Ireland, United States