Curator, Leonard Kamerling in the editing room.

The Alaska Center for Documentary Film is an internationally acclaimed program that has been documenting the changing cultures and issues of Northern peoples for the past three decades. The ACDF curates the UA Museum's film and audio collections, which contains more than 400 hours of priceless, irreplaceable visual and aural historical material of Alaska.

The Documentary Center's films and videos detail the relationship of Alaska Native and other Northern peoples to the land, sea and natural environment, as well as to their rapidly changing social, educational and political environments. From conception to editing, partner communities throughout the North collaborate in the critical decisions that determine the content and cultural perspective of the Center's works.

Film Center Honored by Library of Congress
Uksuum Cauyai – The Drums of Winter
, a 1988 Film Center Production was recently named to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress. “The selection of a film to the Registry,” says Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, “recognizes its importance to American movie and cultural history, and to history in general. The Registry stands among the finest summations of more than a century of wondrous American cinema."

See a short clip from The Drums of Winter by clicking here.