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Manager: Gabriela Gamez

19 November 2007


Starting in 2006 Isuma developed the Indigenous Film Network (IFN), an initiative to expand feature film distribution by bringing aboriginal films through high-definition video projections to over 200 remote Inuit, First Nations, and other indigenous communities across Canada and internationally.

Isuma Distribution International is the first distributor to address regional and racial inequalities in the film system. The failure to serve the remote north and other indigenous communities has been neglected by the mainstream film industry. IDI’s goal is to expand Canadian box office to Inuit, Metis, First Nations and other indigenous communities not served by conventional film distributors, and excluded from benefits of Canada’s heavily subsidized, taxpayer-supported film financing system.

Including indigenous audiences in fair access to films and other media advances several important core goals of government, business and Aboriginal political and economic development organizations. Some of these include: improving social justice, building Canadian audience, film industry reform, increasing economic opportunities, innovation in new information technologies and improving Canada’s Human Rights record in the eyes of the world.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors: Air Creebec, Air Inuit, Canada Council for the Arts, First Air, Kivalliq Inuit Association, Makivik Corporation, Nunavut Film, SODEC, Telefilm Canada and Wasaya Airways. In Mexico, Grupo Niza, in Greenland Danish Film Institute and Nuuk FM.

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Media on this Channel

  • 6m 30s

    Rankin Inlet Tour

    uploaded by: Gabriela Gamez

    channel: IFN

    IFN Tour started in Rankin Inlet in November 2006. Isuma’s team participated in the Community Feast and screened The Journals of Knud Rasmussen the next day. We had about 300 people on that first screening.

    uploaded date: 19-11-2007

  • 7m 26s

    Quebec Tour

    uploaded by: Gabriela Gamez

    channel: IFN

    Isuma team screened in four communities around Quebec The Journals of Knud Rasmussen and some indigenous documentaries. Our team also gave some video workshops to the youth of the communities.

    uploaded date: 19-11-2007

  • 10m 16s

    Northern Artic Tour

    uploaded by: Gabriela Gamez

    channel: IFN

    In this tour two youth from the Artcirq group went along with the technician. They screened The Journals, talked about their experience with circus and video art to other youth, and gave some performances at the communities they visited.

    uploaded date: 19-11-2007