Discussion between Sarah Beaulne and Sarah Irqu
Q: What role do you play in the film?
A; Neveearjuk, I’m a mother. I lost my husband and I have a daughter and a son.
Q: What differences do you see between the Inuit from Puvirnituq and those from Igloolik ?
A: I thought I was pure Inuk, but during this picture I've met people who are more Inuk than me! So, I see myself as not that Inuk anymore. I’m between Kadluna (white) tradition and Inuit tradition.
Q: When you're acting, what do you worry about most?
A:The actors from Igloolik are used to being in front of the camera – they are so professional. Since I had never acted before, I thought that you must practice before filming, but they don’t practice! But I practice when I'm alone – I practice all day so I wouldn’t be nervous. I read the script before bedtime and I memorize the lines I have to say. Before the camera rolls you have to remember what you’re going to say. You have to think clearly.
I’ve also found that for me the hardest part is cleaning seal skins or caribou skins. I don’t know how to pretend to work on seal skins. I don’t usually do that. And sometimes we had to play traditional games that I don’t know. It makes me realize what we’ve lost so many traditions. Our elders don’t tell us how they used live. It’s like it’s in their pocket and it’s not coming out. The elders don’t teach us anything anymore.
Q: Have you ever thought that you might act in more films?
A: For sure, in the future if I’m asked to be in another movie. It’s fun when they’re making the movie and you’re involved. I learned a lot here. It makes you realize who you are and I got to meet new people. I liked it.
Q: Does the film look authentic?
A: Yes, it makes me realize that our ancestors were survivors. The film it looks real and it feels real too.
Q: What do you do outside of making movies?
A: I am a mother, I have a husband, and I work at the Puvirnituq School. I’m a student counselor. I have many relatives. That’s who I am.