A Little Movie
About a Small Glacier
at the End of the World
A Little Movie
Glaciers have been distinctive features of the Icelandic landscape ever since human settlement on the island 1200 years ago. But since the early 20th century Iceland’s 400+ glaciers have been melting steadily, now losing roughly 11 billion tons of ice every year; scientists predict that all of Iceland’s glaciers will be gone by 2200. One of Iceland’s smallest known glaciers is named “Ok.” Not Ok is its story. This is not a tale of spectacular, collapsing ice. Instead, it is a little film about a small glacier on a low mountain--a mountain who has been observing humans for a long time and has a few things to say to us.
“Ok, Bye: A New Documentary on the Disappearance of Ok Glacier,” The Reykjavík Grapevine, July 31, 2018 https://grapevine.is/news/2018/07/31/ok-bye-a-new-documentary-on-the-disappearance-of-ok-glacier/
"Interview with the Directors of Not Ok," Tengivagninn, art's and culture-program Icelandic National Radio, Rás 1. (RÚV) http://www.ruv.is/frett/fyrsti-af-400-joklum-landsins-til-ad-hverfa
"Not Ok-New Documentary Focuses on Disappearing Glacier in Iceland," Houston Public Media, Houston Matters program https://soundcloud.com/houstonmatters/not-ok-new-documentary-focuses-on-disappearing-glacier-in-iceland
Fréttablaðið (Iceland's largest circulation national newspaper) https://www.frettabladid.is/frettir/jon-gnarr-er-roedd-oks-i-nrri-heimildarmynd
Jon Gnarr’s interview with Smartland: https://www.mbl.is/smartland/stars/2018/08/16/svo_er_madur_sjalfur_audvitad_i_thessari_bullneyslu/
The Un-glacier Tour in late August 2018 was a hike to the top of Ok mountain and a chance to see the glacial remains of Okjökull (Ok glacier) before it disappears entirely. As anthropogenic climate change drives glaciers toward extinction, the Un-glacier Tour was both a ritual of mourning and memory as well as a celebration of glacial life.
In the summer of 2019, there is a plan afoot to install a historical marker and memorial plaque on a stone to commemorate where Ok glacier once was. This will be the world's first monument to an Un-glacier--a modest recognition of a body of ice that once moved, but that now exists only as what Icelandic glaciologists have called "dead ice."