Arnait Video Productions


Manager: Marie-Hélène Cousineau

15 October 2007


Tungasugiti! Welcome!

Before Tomorror - Ninioq and Maniq

The women of Arnait have found that building connections to our traditions and, thereby, with the lives of our ancestors, gives shape and vitality to the lives we are leading and to the whole of the world we are sharing. Our inspiration is rooted in the past and blossoms in the present – to shine as an example for those around us. We invite you to discover the things we believe in and partake in the world view that sustains us.

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Uvanga will play in Mexico

UVANGA will be at the Festival Internacional de CIne de Guadalajara, Mexico in the Quebec, Guest of Honor selection. The festival takes place from March 21 until 30. The film will be in good company with about 15 other features from Quebec and a number of documentaries. 

Uvanga premiers in Montréal and Toronto

Uvanga is competing in the prestigious FOCUS section of the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma which features Quebecois and Canadian films that reflect the richness of emerging new cinema.

The film will later screen in Toronto at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Closing Night Gala October 20th.


Uvanga wins Best Feature at the Yellowknife International Film Festival

Uvanga opened the 7th annual Yellownkife International Film Festival on October 1st with a screening at the Northern Arts and Culture Cenre.

Uvanga was honered with the Best Feature award at the festival's first ever award ceremony held October 6th!




Uvanga screening in home town Igloolik

Uvanga screened on September 21th to an exited home town crowd in Igloolik! Much fun was had and reviews were positive!

Next stop: Cinéfest Sudbury Intetnational Film Festival




Production begins in Igloolik on Arnait's second feature

Principal photography began July 9, 2012 on Uvanga. The film is co-directed by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu and will be shot entirely on location in Igloolik, Nunavut over the next 25 days.

The film stars Montreal-based actress Marianne Farley and newcomer Lukasi Forrest.


Before Tomorrow wins Best Canadian First Festure at TIFF 2008

Before Tomorrow premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 7th. Other fall screenings include: Reykjavik International Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, imagineNATIVE festival, Pusan International Film Festival and the 33rd Annual American Indian Film Festival.

And in October Arnait Video members will give a workshop at Trent University in Peterborough, connecting with Aboriginal women of Southern Ontario.


Arnait premiers Before Tomorrow in Igloolik and Puvirnituq

 Igloolik premier

Before Tomorrow premiered in Igloolik on February 23rd in 2008 and in Puvirnituq and Kujjuuaq on May 6-7-8. Members of the Arnait Video collective (Susan Avingaq, Madeline Ivalu, Carol Kunnuk et Marie-Hélène Cousineau) presented the film in front of attentive audiences. Props and select costumes from the film were also on display. As with previous films produced by Igloolik Isuma Productions, the film's first audience was the community involved in making the film.








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  • In Progress

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    We are currently in production on a new documentary film entitled SOL.

    On September 24th, 2012 Sol Tapatia Uyurasuk, a 26 year-old Inuk, was found dead in the RCMP station in the remote arctic community of Igloolik, Nunavut.

    That morning, rumours started flying on Facebook and in the community: How did he die? Word was that is was suicide, but there were doubts. How could it have happened under police supervision? The story of Sol is a mystery, but it is also an all-too familiar tragedy.

    Produced in collaboration with Allarco Entertainment, SOL is sceduled to air on the Super Channel.






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  • Interviews

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    This is a series of a dozen unedited interviews with traditional midwives of Igloolik. These interviews recorded in 1992 and 1993 were made with women who have now passed away since. Copies of interviews are available in the Oral Traditions archives of the Northwest Territories in Yellowknife and on IsumaTV.



    This is a series of interviews conducted in Igloolik and Mittimatalik. Elders speak of the traditional roads and paths on Baffin Island, between Igloolik and Mittimatalik. Copies of interviews are available in the Oral Traditions archives of the Northwest Territories in Yellowknife.



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  • Discussion between Sarah Beaulne, Qalingo Tukalak and Elisapee Tukalak

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    Q= question
    Qa= Qalingo
    E= Elisapee

    Q: What characters did you played in the film?

    QA: I played Patunguya and my wife played Kumak. Our grandchild played Pikku Paniapik.

    Q: Patunguya, is there a scene from the film that brings to mind powerful feelings?

    QA: I had acted before in the South, but it didn’t touch my heart. But this film, it really touched my heart. Inuit women did some of the directing, real Inuit women who knew about our traditional lifestyle and traditional hunting tools. I feel most strongly about the scene where we use the kayait; five of us men using kayait and wearing real Inuit traditional clothing. We were very happy, making jokes and laughing. It really reminded me of our traditional lifestyle and it really touched me.

    Q: Were you acting for other people before?

    QA: Yes, I was in a film called Agaguk [Note – footnote with info on director, date, etc of movie]. Lou Diamond Philips was Agaguk and I played as his best friend. It was something new to me and my first time acting. In this movie I was more experienced. I am happy that I acted in this movie.

    Q: Elisapee what scenes bring to mind the most powerful feelings for you?

    EL: The scene with Kuutujuk. Patunguya played her adopted son and I was her daughter-in-law. In this scene we are going to a small island and she did not want to be left behind, she wanted to go along. When they agreed for her to do so - and her son said yes to her - it touched my heart.

    I also liked the scene where the children are playing with a family of wooden dolls. It reminded me of when I was a child - I used to have a family of wooden dolls. I was happy to see that in the film.

    Q: What did you think of the exchange between Puvirnituq-Igloolik?

    QA: I felt that we Inuit from Puvirnituq are falling behind. The filmmakers from Igloolik are searching and finding out what traditions and tools were like in the past. They are finding out by asking questions. They know more than us. We are forgetting Inuit traditions and traditional ways of hunting.

    Q: What did you think of the clothing?

    QA: We had comfortable clothing. It was made by professional Inuit sewers. In the first movie I acted in (Agaguk), the clothes we made by white people and they did not know about our traditional clothing. They made us wear thick winter clothing. In this film, our clothing was comfortable and was made by people who knew what they were doing. That was the difference.

    E: The men's clothing was comfortable for them, but for the women from Nunavik the Igloolik-style amauti [Note – is an amauti a parka?] were not too comfortable. The hood was longer and kind of uncomfortable.

    Q: Do you have other comments?

    EL: I want to thank people from Igloolik. They knew what to do, they knew their scenes, and they also knew our traditional lifestyle. They were really good directors and I thank them.

    We became good friends with the people from Igloolik. In my heart, I will never forget them. We welcomed each other and everybody was happy. They also lifted-up our self-esteem. I’m sure the people from Igloolik felt the same. This was a big thing for me.


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Show me on the map: discussions on mining on Aboriginal lands


Igloolik Bands and Rockin Walrus Arts Festival

Inuit midwives

Les étudiants Inuit de Marie-Victorin

Making connections