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.

Find out more about Arnait and our work.

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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.









Arnait Video Productions: Voicing A Unique Canadian View
The goal of Arnait Video Productions (originally the Women’s Video Workshop of Igloolik) is to value the unique culture and voices of Inuit women and to open discussions with Canadians of all origins.

Since its beginnings in 1991, Arnait Video Productions has traced a trajectory revealing the originality of its producers, the context of their work and lives, as well as their strong desire to express cultural values unique in Canada.

Often working in precarious social conditions, the sheer endurance required on the part of the women in Arnait to produce these video documents, testifies to the importance of the project in their lives.

The first works of our group revealed the importance for the women of Igloolik to share oral traditions. Whether in the form of a series of interviews (Women/Health/Body and Itivimiut) or as short works linking songs to reenactment of traditional activities (Qulliq, Attagutaaluk Starvation, Piujuq and Angutautaq), the videos that we produced celebrate the specificity of the culture of women in Igloolik.

While the video works situate themselves in the specificity of their production, they are universal in their motivation for expression. It is this combination that has secured a large public located across the Arctic, in South America, Europe, the United States, and Canada.

Arnait Video Productions has produced documentaries and fictions. Our first feature film, Before Tomorrow, won Best Canadian First Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008 and was selected for the International Competition at the Sundance Film Festival. SOL, our latest feature documentary, won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary in 2016.

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Media on this Channel

  • 4m 19s

    Marie Helene Cousineau

    uploaded by: Gabriela Gamez

    channel: Arnait Video Productions

    Marie-Hélène Cousineau talks about the work of Arnait video in Igloolik and how the members of the collective are now looking for a wider audience for their stories, especially after the production of their first feature film, Before Tomorrow. Interviewed by Gabriela Gamez, Montreal, June 2009. In French.

    uploaded date: 21-06-2009

  • 26m 43s


    uploaded by: Marie-Hélène Cousineau

    channel: Arnait Video Productions

    Umiaq is a documentary about a group of elders in Igloolik, who decide to build an umiaq, a boat covered with seal skins. In Inuktitut.

    Filmmaker: Madeline Ivalu, Carol Kunnuk

    Filmmaker Contact:


    info [at] arnaitvideo [dot] ca

    Producer's Name: Arnait Video Productions

    uploaded date: 12-06-2008

  • 53m 45s


    uploaded by: Marie-Hélène Cousineau

    channel: Arnait Video Productions

    A documentary from Arnait Video Productions (Women's Video Collective of Igloolik). Abandoned by her father, a White RCMP officer, Vivi Kunuk was adopted by the Inuk family of her mother who raised her as a boy. This is but one remarkable chapter in her life.

    uploaded date: 21-10-2007

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


    • 4m 11s

      SOL - demo

      uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

      channel: SOL

      a new documentary by Arnait Video Productions

      - more info coming soon -

      uploaded date: 18-01-2013

Travel to Kalaallit Nunaat, (Nuuk)