The year is 1961. Noah (Apayata Kotierk) starts the day by sharing a cup of unsweetened tea with his wife and daughter in their sod hut on the outer reaches of Baffin Island. He and his band set off by dog team on a hunt, only to run smack into progress personified in the form of "Boss" (Kim Bodnia), an emissary who has come to make a proposition on behalf of the Canadian government: assimilation in exchange for shelter and services Noah neither needs nor wants. He returns home from this seemingly chance, seemingly friendly encounter with tea and sugar – the quintessential symbols of colonialism.
Zacharias Kunuk (b. 1957) is an artist/filmmaker based in Igloolik, Nunavut. Founder of the first Inuit film studio and the first website for Indigenous media art. His first feature film ATANARJUAT (THE FAST RUNNER) was also the first feature produced in the Inuktitut language. It won the Camera d’Or (best first feature) at the Cannes Film Festival.
2016 MALIGLUTIT / SEARCHERS
2006 THE JOURNALS OF KNUD RASMUSSEN (TIFF 2007)
2001 ATANARJUAT / ATANARJUAT: THE FAST RUNNER (TIFF 2002)
1989 QAGGIQ / QAGGIQ: GATHERING PLACE (SHORT)
|Run time:||1h 51m|
|Screenplay:||Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn|
|Photo:||Norman Cohn, Jonathan Frantz|
|Cast:||Apayata Kolierk, Kim Bodnia, Benjamin Kunuk, Mark Taqqaugag|
|Producer:||Kingulliit Productions Inc, Isuma Productions Inc|