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Synopsis: In 1840, two isolated Inuit families reunite in celebration after many years of separation. These tribes have never met any white people, although rumours circulate about them. When Ninioq, an old woman, her best friend, Kuutujuuk, and her grandson, Maniq leave camp to dry fish on a remote island a strange illness attacks the camp. After the death of Kuutujuuk, Ninioq and her grandson are left alone in the world and most find the mains and the will to survive.
Before Tomorrow premiered in Igloolik on the weekend of February 23rd, 2008. Members of the Arnait Video collective (Susan Avingaq, Madeline Ivalu, Carol Kunnuk et Marie-Hélène Cousineau) presented the film in front of attentive audiences on February 23rd and 24th. 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. The producers are also planning a screening in Puvirnituq, Nunavik, where the film was shot.
Filmed between July 2006 and Janaury 2007, Before Tomorrow was directed by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu and adapted from the novel For morgendagen by the acclaimed Danish writer Jørn Riel.
A co-production of Igloolik Isuma Productions and Kunuk Cohn Productions, the project was the first feature from Igloolik's Arnait Video Productions collective, which has been gathering Inuit women's stories since 1991 to produce a varied and extensive filmography, which draws on cultural authenticity and community involvement.
The film was produced in association with Telefilm Canada, SODEC, the Nunavut Film Commission and with the support of NITV. With thanks to Makivik Corporation,First Air, and Air Inuit. Thanks also to the people and mayor's office of Puvirnituq, the Nunavik Arctic Survival Training Centre, Kativik school board, and the Cooperative of Puvirnituq for their support.
For more information about the film, cast and crew, as well as photos from the set, visit www.beforetomorrow.ca.