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Ice People

Magazine article Filmmaker

Ice People

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"Nothing prepares you for the shock of the cold and the grandeur of the scale," says director Anne Aghion (In Rwanda We Say...The Family That Does Not Speak Dies) of the setting of her documentary Ice People. "You want to use words like 'amazing' and 'extraordinary,' but you almost need a new vocabulary to describe it. I hope the film will be as rich and profound an experience as what we lived through."

Ice People unfolds at isolated polar outpost McMurdo Station and explores the lives of its scientists in residence to explore not only the extreme nature of life at the bottom of the world but also the philosophical questioning that drives individuals to pursue what Aghion calls an "extraordinary human adventure."

Aghion, whose mother is American, was born and raised in Paris. She graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University in 1982 with an Arab language and literature degree and after two years in Cairo launched a reporting career, spending eight years at the Paris bureau of the New York Times and International Herald Tribune. She made her first doc, the Nicaragua slum portrait The Earth Moved Under Him, in 1995 and is best known for the docs In Rwanda We Say. …

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