Historic clash between Inuit Shamanism and Christianity in 1920's Baffin Island arctic community. Opening Night film, 2006 Toronto International Film Festival; Best Film, Alba (Italy) International FF; selection New York FF.
Iglulik, 1922-23. Real people, actual events.
The great shaman, Avva, and his family are living on the land some distance from Iglulik, his home community that lately has taken up the teachings of Christian missionaries.
Explorer/adventurer Knud Rasmussen pays Avva a visit, accompanied by two fellow Danes: trader Peter Freuchen and anthropologist Therkel Mathiassen.
Rasmussen hears and records Avva’s life story and that of his wife Orulu.
Their son, Natar, impulsively agrees to guide Freuchen and Mathiassen north to Iglulik.
After a celebration, Rasmussen leaves to head west while Avva, facing strong headwinds, sets out with his family and guests en route for home.
His beautiful daughter, Apak, has troubling dreams about the road ahead.
DIRECTOR(S): Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn
PRODUCER(S): Vibeke Vogel, Elise Lund Larsen, Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk
WRITER(S): Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Norman Cohn
SOUND RECORDIST: Richard Lavoie
EDITOR(S): Norman Cohn, Felix Lajeunesse, Cathrine Ambus
COSTUMES: Michelline Ammaq, Atuat Akkitirq, Mary Qulitalik, Susan Avingaq
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Paulossie Qulitalik, Zacharias Kunuk, Charlotte Bech, Louis Uttak
PRINCIPAL CAST: Leah Angutimariq (Apak), Pakak Innuksuk (Avva)
Year of Production: 2005
Country: Canada, Denmark
Region: Igloolik, Nunavut, Canadian Arctic
DURATION: 112 minutes
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Kunuk Cohn Productions, Igloolik Isuma Productions, Barok Film (Denmark)
LANGUAGE: Inuktitut with English, French, Danish s-t
Distributor Information: VOD (pay-what-you-can)
Isuma Distribution International and Vtape, isuma [at] vtape [dot] org, info [at] isuma [dot] tv, wandav [at] vtape [dot] org.
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