Keewatin Region, NU, Canada

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.

Kunuk Family Reunion

In June 2003, Cannes prize-winner Zacharias Kunuk's family gathered at their traditional home camp site of Siuraajuk, to share stories and honor the ancestors who came before them: a wedding; a burial; messages from the past.

DIRECTOR: Zacharias Kunuk

From the stone to digital age in a human lifetime

Zach said to me this spring that "In my lifetime, I've gone from the stone age to the digital age". This is the video to prove it. See our crew in action as we coordinate our project between Winnipeg, a campsite miles outside of Igloolik, and Saudi Arabia using satellite and internet technology. Arguably this is the first indigenous broadcast from "the land" ever done.

Arviq! (Bowhead!)

In 1994, fulfilling the dying wish of a respected Elder, a group of Inuit hunters from Igloolik illegally catches a bowhead whale after years of government prohibition. An event which sparks a legal controversy.

Inuit Piqutingit (What Belongs to Inuit)

A group of Nunavut elders travel to five museums in North America to see and identify artifacts, tools and clothing collected from their Inuit ancestors. Directed by Zacharias Kunuk and Bernadette Dean.

Filmmaker: Zacharias Kunuk, Bernadette Dean

Filmmaker Contact: zkunuk [at] isuma [dot] ca; saniruaq [at] qiniq [dot] com; www.isuma.ca

The Inuit Style of Filmmaking Lesson

Students will research the Inuit style of filmmaking and list key points involved in the process by reading selections written by the three founding members of Igloolik Isuma Productions, the makers of the films Atanarjuat – The Fast Runner and The Journals of Knud Rasmussen.

The Traditional Foods of the Inuit Lesson

Students will learn about country foods, or the traditional foods of the Inuit, and how these foods are acquired from the land and sea. Students will also compare the cost of maintaining a traditional diet with the cost of maintaining a diet consisting of food from the south. Finally, students will prepare and enjoy a traditional Inuit bread, bannock.

Inuktitut the Language of the Inuit of Nunavut Lesson

In Part 1 of the lesson, to be completed in the classroom, students will be introduced to the language of Inuktitut and will practice pronouncing and writing selected words using Inuktitut syllabics. Then, using the Internet, small groups of students will create an Inuktitut/ English ABC book, complete with illustrations.

My Community vs. Nunavut Lesson

Students will differentiate between weather and climate. For 1 month, they will collect and graph daily temperature and precipitation data at school and use the Internet to collect the same data for a community in Nunavut. Students will then discuss how the long-term daily weather averages begin to describe each climate.

Content Areas: Social Studies, Science, Technology

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