Keewatin Region, NU, Canada

Live from the set - photo archives

Photo archives of the making of The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, Igloolik Isuma Productions' second feature film and part of The Fast Runner Trilogy.

Aiviaq (Walrus Hunt)

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Inuit Culture - The Family



This lesson plan is designed to be used with students ages 12-15.

Shamanism - The Powers of the Angakkuq

Shaminism - The Powers of the Angakkuq

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This lesson plan is designed to be used with students aged 12 and up.

Nunavut - Flag and Coat of Arms

Nunavut Flag and Coat of Arms

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This lesson plan is designed to be used with students aged 12-15 years.


Radio interview with Marie-Helene Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu

Interview with Marie-Helene Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu from First Voices Indigenous Radio talking about Before Tomorrow the feature film made by Arnait Video Productions and igloolik isuma Productions's 3rd feature film and part of The Fast Runner Trilogy.


This video shows excerpts of our pilot survey project, Tusaviit. We designed a project that would enable women across Nunavut to express their needs and their opinions via a simple and easy to use mobile survey kit and web-based application. You can find more information about this and other Arnait projects on our website, The film is in Inuktitut and English.

Before Tomorrow

Third Inuit feature (2009) in The Fast Runner Trilogy.

Screenplay by Marie-Hélène Cousineau (in collaboration with Susan Avingaq and Madeline Ivalu), based on For Morgendaggen By Jorn Riel.

Circa 1840. Some Inuit tribes still have never met any white people, although rumours circulate about what they might be, where they come from, and why.

Two isolated families meet after many years. It is summer; a happy time to celebrate their reunion. Elders tell stories, young people get married, plans are made for the future food is abundant. Despite the joyful mood, Ningiuq, an old woman of strength and wisdom, cannot stop worrying. She sees the world around her as fragile, an unease dread about something she does not understand. Is it the illness of her best friend, Kutuguk, who is preparing to die? Is her own sense of mortality haunting her? Or is it the strange foreign object that Maniq, her favourite grandson, found on the beach? Reluctant to partake in this timeless happiness, Ningiuq feels the need to reflect on her own uncertain life.

After a successful fishing, the families decide to dry the winter's catch on a remote island, safe from dogs and other animals. Ningiuq volunteers to take on this chore, seizing the occasion for some time alone. Her grandson, Maniq, follows her, as does the old Kutuguk. The destiny of these three unfolds on the island as they wait in vain for the return of the hunters as the cold of fall begins. No one comes. Where are they? Kutuguk' s last hour passes and Ningiuq and Maniq bury her. The wind shifts and a storm sweeps away their camp. When the first snow falls Ningiuq decides to return to the main camp with Maniq to see what happened to the others.

But there are no others. In an incomprehensible nightmare, everyone is dead, their bodies twisted in pain and covered with blisters. Beside their bloated corpses, Ningiuq finds objects known to belong to the white foreigners... a steel needle, a tin cup. Stunned, Ningiuq and Maniq go back to the relative safety of their island. What can they do now? If they are completely alone in this world what is the meaning of survival? Drawing on her deep spirituality and all her survival skills, Ningiuq tries desperately and cheerfully to protect Maniq from the loneliness of being the last human being on earth. One day, in the dark of the winter, she senses her own death coming. What is she to do?

More about this film.

The Making of Before Tomorrow

This film documents the teamwork behind the feature "Before Tomorrow" produced by Igloolik Isuma Productions with Arnait Video Collective. Portraits of the art director and the co-directors of the film. Inuktitut and English sub-titles.

The Making of The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

Funny, fascinating, behind the scenes view by Greenland filmmaker Kenneth Rasmussen.

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