Ice People

About This Episode


No one gets to Antarctica by accident. For the few scientific teams who brave this beautiful and silent landscape, it feels like another planet. Their discoveries yield secrets about the Earth's past and future, and prompt questions about our place in the world.

Unique in the genre of exploration and adventure films, Ice People takes you on one of the earth's most seductive journeys. Documentary filmmaker Anne Aghion spent four months "on the ice" with modern-day polar explorers like geologists Allan Ashworth and Adam Lewis, to find out what drives dedicated researchers to leave the world behind in pursuit of science, and to capture the true experience of living and working in this extreme environment. And, as it turns out, the film also witnesses one of the most significant discoveries about climate change in recent Antarctic science.

The most authentic film about life on the ice since the trailblazing expeditions to Antarctica chronicled nearly a century ago, Ice People conveys the vast beauty, the claustrophobia, the excitement and the stillness of an experience set to nature's rhythm.