Cascade of Light

In the arctic, some adventures make the spirit dance.

NH4_cascade_of_light-180x135In the arctic, some adventures make the spirit dance.

A group of friends from an urban culture follow a river to the Arctic Ocean, to perpetual light and the spectacle of arctic life. In this land most in danger of being affected by global warming, they find the meaning of wilderness, and the price being paid for our industrialized lives. Here they discover how awareness, not crisis, must define our relationship with the rest of the natural world. And how the greatest journey is where the land takes us in ourselves.

About the Producer:
Filmmaker Marten Berkman was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1961, studied visual arts and geography, and has explored landscapes around the world with his cameras. The north is his home and inspiration, where he lives and plays with his family upstream from Whitehorse, Yukon.

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Writer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor: Marten Berkman

Filmed in:
Firth River and British Mountains (Ivvavik National Park) Yukon River Tashenshini River – Yukon Territory, Canada Vancouver – British Columbia, Canada New York City – New York, USA

Produced by: Marten Berkman

This film was inspired, created and produced in the Yukon.

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Find Out More:
Book by the Filmmaker:
Chasms of Silence
(Marten Berkman, Folio Gallery/ Waterous, 1999, ISBN 0-9680175-4-1): limited edition portfolio of high arctic black and white landscape photography, with a foreword by poet and novelist Anne Michaels (finalist, Banff Mountain Book Awards, 2000) Pangman, guide for “Cascade of Light” with her company Sila Sojourns. Jill is devoted to spiritual and artistic journeys on the land, with twenty years experience on the Firth River, Ivvavik National Park.
Kim Barlow –
Francis Doughty-

Ivvavik National Park, Parks Canada –

Mindfulness meditation, walking meditation –

The Sacred Balance, and other books:
Dr. David Suzuki,

Yukon Conservation Organizations:

CPAWS – Yukon –

Yukon Conservation Society –

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