Early in the morning on March 24, 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef off the coast of Alaska and spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil, covering nearly 11,000 square miles of ocean. The devastation that followed was immense: wildlife deaths numbered in the hundreds of thousands, and the lives and livelihoods of people who depend on Alaska’s healthy waters are still recovering 20 years later.
Looking back on the last 20 years of struggle and attempts to recover, it’s hard not to wonder about the next 20 years. To help capture the urgency of protecting our natural treasures, Alaska Wilderness League put the question to filmmakers of all stripes: What is your vision for the future of America’s Arctic?
On the 20th anniversary of one of the worst oil spills in American history, we commemorate the Exxon Valdez disaster by examining where we are and where we need to go with 2020 Arctic Vision Film Festivals in seven cities across the country.
Freedom to Roam, by Florian Schulz and Emil Herrera-Schulz
Voices from the Land, by Richard Kahn
Polar Bears in Peril, by Claire Kaufman
Music Montage, by Alaska Wilderness League