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The Inuit Elegiac: One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk

By Russell J.A. Kilbourn, Wilfrid Laurier University, June 2019

In his January 2017 National Post review, Chris Knight remarked that if John Ford’s “The Searchers was a western, [the] Inuit film Maliglutit is a northern” (n.p.). Following this line, one might say that Zacharias Kunuk’s latest feature, One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk, is the Inuit High Noon. As the latest ‘northern,’ however, One Day is not a remake, re-telling or adaptation of Fred Zinneman’s 1952 western in the same way that Maliglutit (2016), beginning with its title, translates the basic story of The Searchers (1956) into a thoroughly northern, Arctic, Inuit context. High Noon is recalled in the new film in a fundamental structural sense, in the formally and thematically central confrontation between two men—gender is no accident here—at the high point of this typical Arctic spring day (the same time of year as the actual occurrence on which the film is based): the long central scene of a showdown between two men, one of whom ends up getting the better of the other, but only in the short term. [...] 

 

Isuma Is a Cumulative Effort

by asinnajaq ᐊᓯᓐᓇᐃᔭᖅ, May 2019

In the 1970s Igloolik was the last town in its region to get a cable television connection. The town voted, twice, against having cable TV brought into their homes. It might seem that access to cable TV is an easy choice, and one could even ask, Why bother fighting it, the “idiot box”? But the residents of Igloolik, and all over Inuit Nunangat, were experiencing huge shifts in their ways of living. They were constantly learning to live differently, and these cumulative changes made their day-to-day human experience much different than ever before. With very not-Inuk stories on cable TV, why should Inuit have been expected to accept it with open hands? How well would children who grew up with television be able to connect to Inuit culture?

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Isuma South (English)

by Gabriela Gámez, July 2019 

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Isuma’s Practice and the Concept of Time (English)

By Josée Drouin-Brisebois, July 2019

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An essay on Isuma’s practice (English)

By Catherine Crowston, August 2019

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An essay on Inuit Relocation (English)

By Heather Igloliorte, September 2019

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Isuma’s school of media art as unique pedagogy with artistic and political agency (English)

By Barbara Fischer, October 2019

 

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