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    The Art of Inuit Storytelling
    Zacharias Kunuk (b. 1957, Kapuivik near Igloolik) won the Camera d’or at Cannes 2001 for Isuma’s first feature, Atanarjuat The Fast Runner.

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    uploaded date: 11-11-2017

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    uploaded date: 11-11-2017

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    uploaded date: 14-11-2017



ISUMA, meaning ‘to think,’ is a collective of Inuit-owned related companies based since 1990 in Igloolik, Nunavut with a southern office in Montreal. In January 1990 four partners Zacharias Kunuk, Paul Apak, Pauloosie Qulitalik and Norman Cohn incorporated Igloolik Isuma Productions Inc. to produce and distribute independent Inuit-language films and media art from an Inuit point of view, featuring local actors recreating Inuit life in the Igloolik region in the 1930s and 1940s. Over the next ten years Isuma helped establish an Inuit media arts centre, NITV; a youth media and circus group, Artcirq; and a women's video collective, Arnait Video Productions. In 2001, Isuma’s first feature-length drama, Atanarjuat The Fast Runner, won the Camera d’or at the Cannes Film Festival; Isuma’s second feature, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, opened the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2004 Isuma incorporated Isuma Distribution International and in 2008 launched IsumaTV, the world’s first website for Indigenous media art now showing over 7,000 films and videos in 84 languages. In 2010, Igloolik Isuma Productions closed and re-opened as Kingulliit Productions; in 2012 Kingulliit and Isuma Distribution produced Digital Indigenous Democracy, an internet network to inform and consult Inuit in low-bandwidth communities facing development of the Baffinland Iron Mine; and in 2014, My Father’s Land, a non-fiction feature about what took place during this Baffinland intervention. Recent projects include the feature drama, Maliglutit (Searchers), the TV series, Hunting With My Ancestors, and the world’s first Haida-language feature film, SGaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife). Isuma's 30-year media art project represented Canada at the 2019 Venice Biennale with its newest feature, One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk, which then screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and won Best Canadian Film at the 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival. Contact

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Isuma Short Fiction

    • 7m 23s


      uploaded by: IsumaTV

      canal: IsumaTV 2.0

      What We Eat: Inuit jazz throat-singer Tanya Tagaq, and Cannes-winning filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk, talk back to Brigitte Bardot and anti-sealhunting lobby on the eternal reality of hunting. Selected for Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, Best Short, imagineNATIVE Film Fest 2009.

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      uploaded date: 12-03-2019

    • 45m 11s

      Issaittuq (Waterproof)

      uploaded by: Norman Cohn

      canal: MICH Living Archives

      This second Isuma-Artcirq co-production by Igloolik youth is a story about a young Inuk who lost his love. Using alcohol to put reality and the past behind, the past keeps hunting him. When he loses control and beats up a man on the street he is sentenced to two months in an outpost camp, where a hunter is waiting for him.

      Filmmaker: Bruce Haulli-Kenneth Rasmussen

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      uploaded date: 10-02-2007

    • 8m 48s


      uploaded by: Artcirq

      canal: Artcirq

      ARTCIRQ: 407 (9 mins), Artcirq, Igloolik Isuma, NITV productions 2006, Director Bruce Haulli. Inuktut w/English s-t.

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      uploaded date: 21-02-2006

    • 30m 35s

      Saputi (Fish Traps) 1993

      uploaded by: Norman Cohn

      canal: MICH Living Archives

      Third Isuma recreated fiction, 1993. As summer ends near Igloolik in the 1930's, three families build a saputi to trap fish going upriver for the winter. The days are getting shorter and young people daydream, while waiting for fish to come. But nature is not always predictable....

      Saputi is a part of the Unikaatuatiit (Story Tellers) Series.

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      uploaded date: 28-10-1993

    • 58m 23s

      Qaggiq (Gathering Place) 1988

      uploaded by: Norman Cohn

      canal: MICH Living Archives

      First Isuma recreated fiction. A late-winter Inuit camp in the 1930's. Four families build a qaggiq, a large communal igloo, to celebrate the coming of spring with games, singing and drum dancing. A young man seeks a wife. The girl's father says no, but her mother says yes...

      Qaggiq is a part of the Unikaatuatiit (Story Tellers) Series.

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      uploaded date: 30-09-1988

Nunavut (Our Land) TV Series

Isuma Non-Fiction

Digital Indigenous Democracy

Testimony / Residential Schools