The film Kivalina, The Coming Storm is rooted in a research project that Cooking Sections conducted on Kivalina, an island off the northwest coast of Alaska. Cooking Sections was invited to work together with the local population to look at alternative ways
of approaching the question of how climate change impacts the island and its inhabitants. Through interviews with residents, environmental researchers, and elected officials, they model forth an image of Kivalina and the challenges the island is confronting.
In the film, a stationary camera takes in Kivalina’s coast as waves strike the shore. In recent years, global warming has delayed the formation of sea ice, which has meant that during the fall season the island is battered by great sea storms. The sound in the film comprises voices telling Kivalina’s history, present, and future. Kivalina is home to about four hundred people who belong to the Native Alaskan Iñupiaq people. Many of the island’s inhabitants say the landscape has changed and they are worried they will be forced to leave the place for good if the changes continue.