UM to Screen Documentary About Eroding Alaskan Village

April 20, 2017

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will host a free public screening of the film “We Are All Related Here” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 1, in Room 105 of the Payne Family Native American Center.

Film director Brian McDermott will attend the screening and participate in a Q-and-A session after the 50-minute film concludes.

“We Are All Related Here” tells the story of the Yup’ik people of Newtok, Alaska, whose village is being destroyed by flooding and erosion caused by global warming. Newtok sits on frozen permafrost, which is rapidly melting. The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that the largest and most important buildings in the village will be destroyed by rising waters in as little as two years. The film showcases the devastation taking place and the challenges Newtok’s 400 residents face as they attempt to relocated to a new site nine miles to the south.

“We Are All Related Here” has screened at film festivals in Alaska, Washington and Colorado.

For more information call UM Professor Neyooxet Greymorning at 406-243-6381 or email

Contact: Neyooxet Greymorning, UM anthropology and Native American studies professor, 406-243-6381,