Discussion between Sarah Beaulne and Lisa Louie Ittukalak and Alasi Sivuarapik
Q: What differences do you see between the Inuit from Puvirnituq and those from Igloolik?
Lisa Louie: The language! The first time the people from Igloolik spoke we didn’t understand a single word. They told me to eat the food, but instead I tried to give it to them because I didn’t understand! When they’re telling a story, we would listen and when they would laugh, we would laugh – even though didn't understand what they were saying.
Q: So it is the language difference causing problems?
Alasi: The woman who plays my mother in the film is from Igloolik and when she speaks to me I don’t understand her. So it’s hard sometimes. When we’re alone we practice their dialect.
Q: What do you find hardest about acting?
Lisa Louie: When there’s only two of us on camera and I don’t know what to say. Sometimes we have to decide what we are going to say ourselves and it’s hard! And the clothes that I’m wearing are too small for me. They tried to make them bigger, but they are still too small.
Q: What about you Alasi?
Alasi: It’s hard to act in the middle of the night, and very early in the morning.
Q: Alasi, is this first time you have worn caribou clothing?
Alasi: Yes. It’s beautiful! I was saying now I’m 100% Inuk. It was very unusual to try them on for the first time.
Q: The Igloolik women seem to be very hard working, have you learned anything from them?
Lisa Louie: When they’re working on the skins, I learned a lot. For example, it was the first time that I saw the thread that they used. I also learned how to chew caribou/seal skin. My jaw was so tired!