Hayat is a skilled seawoman who sails across the Arctic, navigating far away from people and her troubled youth in France. But when her little sister Leila gives birth to a baby girl Inaya, the promise of new beginnings is on the horizon. We witness how the sisters’ worlds are turned upside down, each going on a deeply personal journey, guided by the Northern star to overturn their family's fate. The film, set between the isolated Northern Sea and warm, well-connected France, aims to bring a human perspective to this tale of sisterhood set against dramatic land- and seascapes.
Ainara Vera was born in Spain in 1985. After studying cinema, her first short documentary Sertres premiered at Locarno in 2014. She then directed a medium-length film See you tomorrow, God Willing! which premiered at IDFA and was selected in many festivals including Doc NYC, and DocsBarcelona. She worked as First Assistant Director and Editor on Victor Kossakovsky’s films Varicella, Aquarela and Gunda. Polaris is her first feature doc.