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.
In August 1996, with permission from the federal government, Inuit hunters from across the arctic gather in Repulse Bay for the first legal bowhead hunt in more than forty years.
Looking back five years later, Arviq! traces the history of the bowhead whale in the Arctic: from its traditional importance to Inuit, the devastation to near extinction by commercial whaling, as well as the media circus surrounding the legal hunt in 1996.
Arviq is a part of the Unikaatuatiit (Story Tellers) Series.
DIRECTOR(S): Zacharias Kunuk
PRODUCER(S): Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn
WRITER(S): Zacharias Kunuk, Paul Apak Angilirq
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Zacharias Kunuk, Natar Ungalaaq
EDITOR(S): Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn
SCREENINGS & TELEVISION: Channel 24 Igloolik, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2002
DISTRIBUTOR INFORMATION: Vtape
REGION: Canadian Arctic