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Break Out Pictures to Release Tom Burke's 'Losing Alaska' this Autumn
05 Jun 2019 : Nathan Griffin
Losing Alaska
To mark World Environment Day, Break Out Pictures has announced that major Irish cinemas will be bringing Tom Burke’s timely and urgent climate change documentary ‘Losing Alaska’ to their audiences this Autumn, participating cinemas include IMC, Omniplex, Movies@ and Gate Cinemas.

‘Losing Alaska’ tells the story of a small community in Alaska called Newtok who are dealing with a slow-moving disaster. The 375 inhabitants of Newtok feel the winter storms grow fiercer each year and steal their coastline; they watch their homes disappear into rolling seas as the melting permafrost erodes the edges of their town.  The plan is to abandon the town and start again 9 miles up the river on higher, more solid ground. The community is divided between those determined to stay, and those equally determined to move. They are fighting the weather, the indifference of state agencies and now, finally, each other.

‘Losing Alaska’ is a local story with global significance and deserves our attention.

‘Losing Alaska’ is directed by Tom Burke and produced by Jessie Fisk and Alan Maher for Marcie Films with backing from Screen Ireland. Sound Design was done by Steve Fanagan, music by Gerry Horan and world sales are being handled by Taskovski Films.

Speaking about the upcoming release, Director Tom Burke said:

I’m delighted that Irish audiences will get to see the film, as intended, on the cinema screen. Newtok is a small town facing the big problem of climate change, a community in need facing the indifference of government. There are lessons here for anyone interested in how people pull together, or not, in the face of the challenges that are coming”.

The film received its International Premiere at the 2018 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) last November.

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