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A Little Movie
About a Small Glacier
at the End of the World

 

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.

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“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 Smartlandhttps://www.mbl.is/smartland/stars/2018/08/16/svo_er_madur_sjalfur_audvitad_i_thessari_bullneyslu/

 

 

 

 

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UN-GLACIER TOUR

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."