The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

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Second Inuit feature (2006) in The Fast Runner Trilogy. Stream film or Download Trilogy (pay-what-you-can) in SD, 720p or full 1080p HD. More about this film.

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Second Inuit feature (2006) in The Fast Runner Trilogy. Stream film or Download Trilogy (pay-what-you-can) in SD, 720p or full 1080p HD. More about this film.

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
GENRE: Drama
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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 Somewhat amazing that this 14 year old movie was just watched by two people at the same time. One apparently streaming and myself from disk. Thank you Netflix for all the offerings! Thank you Inuits, Isuma and all other close to the heart productions!

Nezi

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Oh my goodness. I'm so impressed and moved by this movie... I really enjoyed the movie "The Fast Runner" and all other movies involving natives from all over the state of Alaska and Greenland and all over the world. I'm an Alaskan native and I have to say, I'm very happy to be one. The part that was said " We should be happy and not think too much or it will fear the spirits", not exact words but something like that, it got me thinking, what he meant by that. Natives or not, time to accept life's precious gifts of loving one another, respecting ourselves and help those in need regardless.

 

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my passion for inuit people drive me here. love the movie. I have watched the Fast runner "Atanarjuat" it was awesome too. But for all those out there likes the inuit culture.. I would recommend you watch "The Snow Walker" it is a very beautiful movie.

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Anyone can help me for having a translation in italian? 

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-i am native..my father chased away by shotgun when mother was pregnant by him..drunk right now as i i type.i think of a billboard near our communiyt that offers help to overcome generational pain that was inherited from our fathers..i never understood it.but now i know what it means.i will never know my father or have the chance becase he was run off with fear of death..every native person has a similar story we hide or never look at.i pray we can heal our spirits our hearts and find peace

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ah its not wordpress, its drupal right?
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is this wordpress ?
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I found this movie very interesting in the way it seemed to depict the life the inuit.I think if they hadn't journeyed with the white men to their old colony, their lives would have continued in the way they always lived.

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 What remarkable effort; the wisdom, and clarity, is an example for the native people and the all people needed of peace and understanding. In my country Chile, the native people live in a hardlest conditions, lost their culture evary day because don´t have support and love for the autorities. Thanks.

 

Robert Vettiger

 

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 thank you for this, reminds me of native americans and tibetans.

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   I live in shishmaref,ak we just love the fast runner the language in the film is closely related to ours. thank you for making this film. hope we can see more.

 

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I feel ashamed as European -  it is so sad what happened to them

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I am madly in love with this trilogy!  I can't stop watching these films.  Hoping someone fluent in both Inuktitut and English could help with some of the un-subtitled scenes in this film.  Especially where there are unsubbed scenes of adults talking, laughing, etc. I know a great deal is lost.  In spite of this, I am extremely grateful for all of the english subs, I would not be able to enjoy these films without the hard work of the translators.  It's good to see there are so many other admirers of these films from around the world!

 

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I live in the place in Denmark where Knud Rasmussen built his big, beautiful house - now a museum - with the money he made from trading with the Thule people. 

http://www.halsnaes.dk/KulturogFritid/Kultur/Museer/Knud%20Rasmussens%20Hus.aspx

His profit from their hunting also mainly financed his expeditions. Now a much larger museum will be built here (Hundested). I hope they tell the truth, although it's not always comfortable or convenient. For example, many Greenlanders we see here are socially deprived, often alcoholics. The transition was not managed well by Denmark, I'm afraid.

Thank you for making this marvellous film available - our local library could not buy it due to its small budget, and I couldn't afford it myself. I will try to make sure the new museum gets it. Otherwise it's a disgrace!

More please!!!

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 wow!! If only more people understood and respected the meaning and greatness of staying true...

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एक महान फिल्म! बकाया! सच! महान फिल्म निर्देशक और महान अभिनेताओं के लिए तालियाँ.

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Second best indigenous American movie after Atanarjuat.I would even say it was better and more subtle, specially the scenes with the forbidden meat comunion. Evangelism is the second most hazardous calamity after industrialism and the enviromental destruction that comes with it!

Love and Peace from India

Bahadur Khan

 

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The file is too big for download. Is there an iPod version available?

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Thank you for making this beautiful film available on your website. I am 26 year old Polish women. I would probably never be able to see your film otherwise. I am deeply moved. Thank you for creating this evidence of magic and powerful traditions. It also confirms for me that all the tribes, clans, nations and families have a common denominator in times when we use to live in harmony with nature and spirits. Thank you for your efforts. I am looking forward to see your next project.

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Thanks for making this available.  It was very sad for me to watch.  I am a 62 y/o Inupiak from Unalakleet, Alaska, and a survivor of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and missionaries.  Native employees are still not treated as well as other ethnicities in the County of Los Angeles.

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Cool

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Thanks for making this available through your website. I have wanted to see this movie but missed both chances I had. I could not find it locally or on Netflix, so I was glad it is here. Very interesting although a little hard to follow at times.
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It's a privilege for us to watch these films!  We actually own Atanarjuat and weep every time it's over-- we want to be there, live like that.

The Journals is such a downer-- we see the insidiousness of the whites and the Christians, and the destruction that follows their arrogance and disconnect.  But beautifully presented. 

We shall look for a way to donate.  Your work is so important.

All the best to all of you.

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Very nice, thanks for reminding me of our forefathers/mothers who were on this land before us and made our trail an easy one.
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thanx for such wonderful initiative .
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    I found this movie very interesting in the way it seemed to depict the life the inuit.Even though they lived in harsh conditions they seemed so happy.the ending really made me feel the sadness and pain they felt giving up their traditional ways to embrace,the beliefs of the family ties they had lived away from for so long.I think if they hadn't journeyed with the white men to their old colony, their lives would have continued in the way they always lived.The people, who had already converted to the new religon,the religon of the white men,seemed to just exsist they didn't seem to have the joy of life that knud rasmussen's family had.It was heart wrenching when he sent his spirit helpers away,they were always present in the movie.so you knew they were always a part of his life.He said good-bye to the old traditional ways at that moment.                                                                                                       donna bidochka

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Whether you find these the Kohn//Kunuk films compelling or simply off-putting, they are unique cinematic documents of the endangered culture of a people who have lived successfully for millennia in the harshest conditions on earth. .
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    I found this movie very interesting in the way it seemed to depict the life the inuit.Even though they lived in harsh conditions they seemed so happy.the ending really made me feel the sadness and pain they felt giving up their traditional ways to embrace,the beliefs of the family ties they had lived away from for so long.I think if they hadn't journeyed with the white men to their old colony, their lives would have continued in the way they always lived.The people, who had already converted to the new religon,the religon of the white men,seemed to just exsist they didn't seem to have the joy of life that knud rasmussen's family had.It was heart wrenching when he sent his spirit helpers away,they were always present in the movie.so you knew they were always a part of his life.He said good-bye to the old traditional ways at that moment.