Iceboat in middle of ice


For millions of years, the Arctic Ocean has been covered by a permanent sheet of ice. Within a generation, it will melt in its entirety during summer for the first time in human history. HEALY follows a crew of scientists and sailors through a two-month research mission setting out to try to understand why the northern ice cap is melting even faster than climate models have predicted – and how the transformation is altering life on Earth.

We follow the crew of USCGC Healy from the Aleutian Islands through the Bering Strait and into the Beaufort Sea, where shipmates encounter the singular beauty of the frozen Arctic Ocean. Through rare access to film onboard the sole US icebreaker operating in the Arctic, we bear witness to this uniquely stunning environment through the eyes of those observing it firsthand.

Researchers descend onto the ice pack to deploy equipment for year round monitoring, offering a glimpse into the science that is so critical to improving our understanding of climate change. Through clear explanation of how the melting of the ice cap is linked to increasingly extreme weather events across the globe, HEALY provides timely insight into how changes in the Arctic impact people everywhere, leaving viewers with a heightened sense of the existential importance of limiting Earth’s warming.


Part of Habitat’s Brink Feature + Shorts Block

Saturday 4/20 at 2:15pm

Thursday 4/25 at 7:30pm

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14 minutes

Director: Maya Craig

Producer: Maya Craig

Language: English

Country of Origin: USA


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