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  • Zacharias Kunuk - Co-Writer, Producer and Director

    uumunga: Nathalie Kalina

    channel: JKR Profiles

    How important was Atanarjuat’s success to you?

    I didn't expect that much success. It was the first feature film in Inuktitut, by Inuit, and I was just aiming to see what mistakes we would make and learn from them. Apparently we didn’t make any!

    How important is the community to make Isuma successful?

    14-12-2009

  • Books & Audio

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    channel: Arnait Video Productions

    Ikuma. Carnet de tournage

    2008

    Art Book

    This collection of interviews, photographes, illustrations and poems has published by Arnait Video Productions, in collaboration with Mémoire d’encrier.

    published Ikuma, carnet de tournage. Texts and illustrations are inspired by the collaborative experience of filming Before Tomorrow in Puvirnituq with a team from Igloolik, Puvirnituq and Montreal.  For more information, and to purchase a copy, please contact Memoire d'encrier.

     

    Mp3 Audio Files

    Stories and songs from Puvirnituq recorded by Arnait Video Productions and available for download.

    Audio Files:

    Conversations

    Read the conversations between Arnait Video collective members, actors and Sarah Beaulne from Puvirnituq recorded during the shooting of feature film Before Tomorrow in 2006.

    The original interviews were conducted in Inuktitut and were then translated in English by Sarah Beaulne and Alacie Surusila. The English texts were edited by Laura McGough. French translations are published in the book Ikuma.

     


    Two Figures + FurArnait Discussion

    Discussion between Sarah Beaulne and Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq

    Discussion between Sarah Beaulne and Sarah Irqu

    Discussion between Sarah Beaulne, Qalingo Tukalak and Elisapee Tukalak

     

    Rainbow PortraitInterview between Chris Awa and Madeline Ivalu

    Interview between Sarah Beaulne and Jackusie Ittukalak

    Discussion between Sarah Beaulne and Thamusi Sivuarapik

    Discussion between Atuat Akkirtik, costume designer, actress from Igloolik and Marie-Helene Cousineau

    Discussion between Sarah Beaulne and Lisa Louie Ittukalak and Alasi Sivuarapik


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  • Projects

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    channel: Arnait Video Productions

    Films

    Uvanga

    Synopsis: Anna, a Montréal woman and her 14-year-old son Tomas travel to the High Arctic so he can meet his late father’s Inuit family for the first time. Tomas is curious about his father’s culture, but his father is no longer around to show him the way. For his mother and Inuit family, the joy of homecoming is mixed with memories of a brief and painful chapter in their shared history. Over the course of two weeks that seem to blend into one long day under the midnight sun, Anna and Thomas strive to rebuild the family they could no longer ignore.

     

    Before Tomorrow

    Before Tomorrorow - Ninioq and Maniq

    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.

     

    Videos

    Unakuluk (Dear Little One) 2005

     

    Synopsis: Rooted in tradition, adoption is a reality that all Inuit families have experienced. In Inuit culture, adopting a child from a relative, friend or acquaintance is a common practice. Marie-Hélène Cousineau, the adoptive mother of Alexandre Apak, lived in Igloolik, a small island southwest of Baffin Island in the Arctic, for many years.

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    Books and audio

    Ikuma, carnet de tournage

    Ikuma cover

    Arnait Video Productions, in collaboration with Mémoires d’Encrier, will publish Ikuma, carnet de tournage. Texts and illustrations are inspired by the collaborative experience of shooting Before Tomorrow in Puvirnituq with a team from Igloolik, Puvirnituq and Montreal. The book will be released at the same time as the film.

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    Interviews

    Women-Health-Body

    A series of a dozen unedited interviews with traditional midwives of Igloolik.

     

    Itivimiut

    A series of interviews conducted in Igloolik and Mittimatalik.

    ...more

    14-12-2009

  • When they hell

    uumunga: Connie Kidd

    channel: GrannyRantsOn

    When they hell did we ask to be Canadians? -

    Haldimand County Mayor's suggestions draw ire from Six Nations

    By Jessica Smith

    09-12-2009

  • Credits

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    channel: Arnait Video Productions

    Financial Support:

    Canada Council for the Arts

    We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $376,400 in the arts in Nunavut Territory.

    Nous remercions de son soutien le Conseil des Arts du Canada, qui a investi 376 400 dollars l'an dernier dans les arts sur le Territoire du Nunavut.

     

    Design:

    Site design, integration + programming by Oana Spinu.

     

    Hosting:

    Web hosting by IsumaTV.

    09-12-2009

  • Media History

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    channel: Arnait Video Productions

    Our videos are distributed internationally within art galleries, museums, video production centres, festivals, universities and community events.

    Collections (Selected)

    Canadian Trade Office (Taipei, Taiwan)
    Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada)
    Governement of the Northwest Territories (Canada)
    Harvard Film Archive (Boston, USA)
    Hochschule fur Musik (Munich, Germany)
    Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto, Canada)
    National Museum of the American Indian (New York, USA)

    Exhibitions and Screenings (Selected)

    Antioch College (Yellowsprings, Ohio, USA)
    Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Canada)
    Arts Space (Peterborough, Canada)
    Burnaby Art Gallery (Burnaby, Canada)
    Centre d'Art contemporain de Basse-Normandie (Hérouville, France)
    Cine Cycle (Toronto, Canada)
    Concordia University (Montréal, Canada)
    Ed Video (Guelph, Canada)
    Festival des Arts Électroniques (Montréal, Canada)
    Free Speech TV (Boulder, USA)
    Frieunde der deutschen Kinemathek (Berlin, Germany)
    Gallery 101 (Ottawa, Canada)
    Gallerie Vox (Montréal, Canada)
    Glenbow Museum (Calgary, Canada)
    Hallwalls Contemporary Art Centre (Buffalo, USA)
    Images 93 (Toronto, Canada)
    ImagineNative Film Festival (Toronto, Canada)
    Kamloops Art Gallery (Kamloops, Canada)
    Land Insights Film Festival (Montréal, Canada)
    Iskwew Festival, Urban Shaman Gallery (Winnipeg, Canada)
    La Mondiale (Québec, Canada)
    Le Fresnoy (Tourcoing, France)
    Maison de la Culture Côte-des-Neiges (Montréal, Canada)
    Médiathèque du Gossier (Guadeloupe, France)
    Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon, Canada)
    Muestra internacional de video indigena norteamericano (Mexico)
    Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA)
    Muttart Gallery (Calgary, Canada)
    National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, Canada)
    Native American Film and Video Festival (New York, USA)
    Open Space (Victoria, Canada)
    Ottawa School of Arts (Ottawa, Canada)
    Qaigit'96: bi-anual Inuit Art Fair and Symposium (Ottawa, Canada)
    The Art Gallery of Alberta - formerly the Edmonton Art Gallery (Edmonton, Canada)
    The Link (Bologna, Italia)
    The Northern Lights International Film Festival (Anchorage, Alaska, USA)
    The Warehouse Gallery (New-York, USA)
    University of Buffalo (Buffalo, USA)
    Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff, Canada)
    Windsor Art Gallery (Windsor, Canada)
    Women on Reel Film Festival (Yellowknife, Canada)
    Women's Resource & Action Centre (Iowa City, USA)

    09-12-2009

  • Press

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    channel: Arnait Video Productions

    Press Kit

    Download the Arnait Video Productions press kit.

        

    Press Photos

    Download high-resolution photos for press and promotional use.

     

    In the Press

    As much as it is important to create new and innovative advances in story composition and video, it is also important to praise our achievements. Take a look at Arnait Video Productions.

     

     

        

    Media History

    See where Arnait Video Productions has presented, screened, or showcased its films in museums, festivals, and theatres.

     

     

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  • In the Press

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    channel: Arnait Video Productions

    Click here to expand all press stories

    Women’s collective screens film for home town crowd

    “It was awesome. It made me laugh, cry at the same time.” Members of Igloolik's Arnait video collective - a branch of filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk's Igloolik Isuma family - could hardly contain themselves after they viewed the final cut of Before Tomorrow, their first feature film... read whole article

    Sonia Gunderson, Nunatisiaq News
    Artist Profiles and Success Stories - Arnait Video Productions: Inuit women tell their story

    “…In the spring of 2007, Arnait Video productions, a women’s collective that has received support from Igloolik Isuma Produtions, will unveil its first feature film, Before Tomorrow. Like Atanarjuat, it is shot entirely in Inuktitut…”

    Christopher Guly, Canada Council for the Arts
    “Before Tomorrow” – Igloolik & Puvirnituq Women Cooperate On Feature Film

    “…When Marie-Hélène Cousineau and her colleagues at Igloolik's women's film collective, Arnait Video Productions, arrived in Puvirnituq last year to begin work on their first full-length feature film, they weren't sure what to expect. After all, they didn't know each other very well and their dialects are obviously different…”

    Jim Bell, Native Unity (January 28, 2007)
    Marie-Hélène Cousineau Filmer l’intimité et l’immensité

    « …Marie-Hélène Cousineau connaît bien les Inuits puisqu’elle fréquente le Nunavut depuis 1990. Après Unakuluk, cher petit (2005), un documentaire sur l’adoption chez les Inuits, elle coréalise avec Madeline Ivalu « Le jour avant le lendemain », son premier long métrage de fiction, tourné au Nunavik… »

    Denis Lord, Elle Québec (January 2007)
    Inuit survival drama first feature by women film makers

    “…When Marie-Helene Cousineau went on public radio in Igloolik 15 years ago to invite women to learn about making movies, she never imagined that she and a small local group would be shooting a feature film with a $3.5 million budget…”

    Jackie Wallace, Nunatsiaq News (July 21, 2006)
    Isuma, Les images du Nord

    « …C’est Arnait Video qui a produit le documentaire « Unakuluk, cher petit », qui a été projeté le 28 mai dernier à l’ONF. Ce film de 46 minutes porte un regard très personnel sur le phénomène de l’adoption, de tout temps fort répandu chez le Inuits… »

    Denis Lord
    À Vol d’oisseau

    « …Depuis combien de siècles ne mesure-t-on pas la hauteur des pyramides pour établir le haut niveau de connaissances mathématiques des anciens Égyptiens? En retour, sur ce contient-ci, on ignore tout ou presque des premiers peuples et des différents cosmogonies qui ont établi leur lecture de l’univers… »

    Le Devoir (June 3-4, 2006)
    Awakening

    “…This exhibition addresses the image in relation to be process of awakening, as a moment of apparition and unveiling. It is a unique moment in which dreams dissolve into reality and lucidity. Awakening is also an opening to memories and unconscious processes where images are encrusted, that at any moment, threaten to emerge and reappear. With Aqtuqsi (My Nightmare), Mary Kunuk presents a nightmare that terrified her in her sleep when she was eleven or twelve…”

    Vox (May 2004)
    Women preserve the native voice News and noteworthy events at the Calgary International Film Festival

    “…These films are important not only because they tell Inuit women’s stories from their own perspectives, but also because they record for future generations a traditional way of life that is rapidly changing, both physically, spiritually and emotionally…”

    Shelley Boettcher, Calgary Herald (September 29, 2003)
    Arnait Inuit Women’s Video

    “…The imagery is compelling while the pace is not of a traditional documentary style. Viewers can explore the innovations that have come from mixing traditional and contemporary life in a way that is immediate and gripping…”

    Kirstin Evenden, Glenbow Museum (2003)
    First we take Tasiujaq, then we take the world / Iglulingmiut Web cast from a Baffin outpost camp

    “…Members of Igloolik’s Arnait Video Productions built the Web site as a continuation of Anaana, a yet-to-be released documentary about Igloolik’s Kunuk family. Beginning Aug. 15, the group of 20 people Web cast the “sights and sounds” of the Kunnuk family’s summer outpost…”

    Alison Blackduck, Nunatsiaq News (August 31, 2001)
    Chapter: Indigenous experimentalism / Northern Lights Victor Masayesva

    “…Oral tradition wields a fabulous power of revelation. I consider here four tapes produced by Arnait Ikajurtigiit (The Women’s Video Workshop of Igloolik); they all rely on the voice to divulge, respectively, a traditional activity, a tragic story, a fantastic legend, and a personal account equally charged with mythology…”

    Magnetic North (November 2000)
    Chapter: Response by Wendy Clarke on Qulliq

    “…Oral tradition wields a fabulous power of revelation. I consider here four tapes produced by Arnait Ikajurtigiit (The Women’s Video Workshop of Igloolik); they all rely on the voice to divulge, respectively, a traditional activity, a tragic story, a fantastic legend, and a personal account equally charged with mythology…”

    Magnetic North (November 2000)
    Chapter: Body, Voice, Narrative / Accompanying the Real

    “…Oral tradition wields a fabulous power of revelation. I consider here four tapes produced by Arnait Ikajurtigiit (The Women’s Video Workshop of Igloolik); they all rely on the voice to divulge, respectively, a traditional activity, a tragic story, a fantastic legend, and a

    Nicole Gingras, Magnetic North (November 2000)
    Helping Igloolik Women make videos

    “…Seven years ago, video-maker Marie-Hélène Cousineau, who teaches television production at Concordia, was invited to Igloolik to help start a non-profit video centre. The idea was to give Inuit women a chance to use video as a means of expressing their concerns…”

    Eve Krakow, Concordia Thursday Report (February 19, 1998)
    Women of the North tell their stories

    “…Rose Ukumaluk is dressed in a dark blue dress clotted with a simple white pattern. Wheelchair-bound, skin shriveled with age, eyes rheumy and throat clogged with phlegm the 94-year-old’s memory remains sharp as a harpoon. She was a midwife and great hunter. And now she sits, remembering, for the camera…”

    Kathryn Greenaway, The Gazette (October 29, 1997)
    About Attagutaaluk Starvation

    “…When I traveled to Pond Inlet with Madeline’s family, they searched for the exact location where the family starved to death. Madeline, with outstretched arms as if hugging thirteen Inuit, said to me, “We are all descendants of Attagutaaluk.” At that very moment, two years after the completion of her video, I came to understand the significance not only of this history, but of what video production meant for Madeline…”

    Marie-Hélène Cousineau
    Attagutaaluk Starvation Taruagsuk Women’s Collective

    “…Around the beginning of Natiyak, Inuktitut for May. All food, or whatever could be eaten was gone. Attagutaaluk, Etukusuk and her husband were the only survivors. All the rest had starved to death. Etukusuk’s husband then died from sickness and starvation. But before he died, he told the two women to use him and eat him after he died, so they could survive…”

    Interview with Rose Ukumaluk, By the Skin of their Tongues (1997)
    Marie-Hélène Cousineau: Videomaker

    “…Cousineau: Since Susan, Madeline and Matilda didn’t really speak or understand English, I had to figure out how to teach them [videomaking] without talking, by showing. Sometimes we had no translator, and we just learned by watching. It was important to me that the training come out of their activities. We would film whatever they wanted so they could relate to it…”

    Interviewed by Kathleen Fleming in July 1995, Inuit Art Quarterly (Summer 1996)
    Chapter: Inuit Women’s Video

    “…At Present, participants use video to express their traditional identity in the community and their role as women. This does not mean that the use of technology maintains them in a powerless situation. On the contrary, women participating in video production reaffirm their values, knowledge and experience in ways which are empowering to them…”

    Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Video Review (1996)
    Inuit films still in infancy

    “…It comes as a refreshing surprise, a real eye-opener, to discover a place where film is still in its infancy, where its uses are still being worked out. Such places are increasingly rare, the global village being how it is, but one of them is in the Igloolik N.W.T….”

    Jay Stone, The Ottawa Citizen (June 27, 1995)
    Inuit Women’s Video / Des femmes inuits vidéastes

    “…At Present, participants use video to express their traditional identity in the community and their role as women. This does not mean that the use of technology maintains them in a powerless situation. On the contrary, women participating in video production reaffirm their values, knowledge and experience in ways which are empowering to them…”

    « …A l’heure actuelle, les participantes utilisent la vidéo pour exprimer leur identité traditionnelle dans la collectivité et leur rôle de femmes. Cela ne signifie pas que le fait de recourir à la technologie les garde impuissantes. Au contraire. ces femmes affirment de nouveau leurs valeurs, leur savoir et leurs expériences par des moyens qui les habilitent pleinement…»

    Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Parrallelogramme (Vol.19 No.4. 1994)

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  • Contact

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    channel: Arnait Video Productions

    General

    Arnait Video Productions

    MONTREAL OFFICE

    4521 Clark St., suite 302
    Montréal, Québec
    H2T 2T3
    Canada
    tel: +1.514.486.0707
    fax: +1.514.486.9851

    Arnait Video Productions

    IGLOOLIK OFFICE

    P.O Box 223
    Igloolik, Nunavut
    X0A 0L0
    Canada
    tel: +1.867.934.8725 

    info@arnaitvideo.ca
     

    Distribution and International Sales

    Isuma Distribution International
    4521 Clark St. Suite 302
    Montréal, Québec
    H2T 2T3
    Canada
    tel: +1.514.486.0707
    fax: +1.514.486.9851

    Stephane Rituit

    V tape
    401 Richmond Street West, Suite 452
    Toronto, Ontario
    M5V 3A8
    Canada
    tel: +1.416 351-1317
    fax: +1.416 351-1509

    Wanda vanderStoop

     

     

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  • Arnait Style

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    channel: Arnait Video Productions

    Research into traditional and contemporary Inuit styles of narration

    AVP’s productions are the expression of research into traditional and contemporary Inuit styles of narration. An underlying context for the stories told in our video works is the formal innovations associated with the Inuit of Igloolik appropriating videographic tools.

    The use of the docu-drama genre permits us to take on our own themes by giving voice to several generations of Inuit:

    • the Elders, who still know the secular traditions of the region around Igloolik;
    • the adults, who have lived in the world of traditional culture, but also in that of "Qabluna", or white men, and are versatile within both worlds;
    • and finally, the young people, who have entered into contact with the Western world which exhorts them to learn, first of all, the tools and skills of that culture before those of their grand parents.

    Alternating interviews and scripted portions offer different approaches for exploring our chosen subjects.

    The originality of Arnait Video Productions’ works is due very much to the efforts undertaken to create a production process that is in harmony with the lives of the women involved in each project. Our production values reflect the cultural values of the participants: respect for community events, for Elders, for hunting and fishing seasons, for certain traditions belonging to particular families, among others. We work as a team to write the scenes of each script, to make the costumes and accessories, and to shape the interaction and performances of the actors.

    08-12-2009