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Watch over 1,000 films by or about the Inuit. Collections include Igloolik Isuma Productions, Arnait Video Productions, Inuit Broadcast Corporation, among many others.

Nunavut Arctic College students in Iqaluit are currently reviewing these videos, most of them in Inuktitut, and tagging them to facilitate improved search results for IsumaTV viewers, brodening the audience for these films.

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  • 46m 34s

    Inuit Cree Reconciliation

    by: Zacharias Kunuk

    channel: Inuit Cree Reconciliation

    Zacharias Kunuk and Neil Diamond team up to research the events and historical impacts of an 18th century conflict between Inuit and Cree in Northern Québec.

    Produced by Kingulliit Productions.

    Screening Information:

    Year:  2013

    Genre:  Documentary

    Length: 45 minutes

    Language: Inuktitut & Cree (English subtitles)

    09-12-2013

  • 53m 45s

    Anaana (Mother / Mère)

    by: Marie-Hélène Cousineau

    channel: Arnait Video Productions

    YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2001
    DURATION: 52 min.
    GENRE: documentary
    FORMAT: video, colour
    LANGUAGE: Inuktitut, Fr-Eng st
    DIRECTORS: Mary Kunuk, Marie-Hélène Cousineau
    PRODUCERS: Mary Kunuk, Marie-Helene Cousineau
    SOUND: Katarina Soukup , Luke Taqqaugaq
    CAMERA: Marie-Helene Cousineau
    SCRIPT WRITER: Mary Kunuk
    EDITOR: Marie-Christine Sarda
    FUNDING: Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada
    SELECTED SCREENINGS: APTN (Canada), Land Insight Film Festival (Montréal, 2003), Maori television (New-Zealand, 2005), Native American film and Video Festival (New-York, 2003)

    SYNOPSIS:

    Abandoned by her father, a White RCMP officer, Vivi Kunuk was adopted by the Inuk family of her mother who raised her as a boy. This is but one remarkable chapter in her life.

    With her husband Enuki, she raised eight children, including award-winning filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk, living most of the year on the land as her nomadic ancestors did prior to the creation of government settlements in the 1950's. Surrounded by her grandchildren, she recounts stories about the land she knows intimately and her life's destiny on Baffin Island.

    The history of changes experienced by Inuit people in the last sixty years is contained in the stories of Vivi Kunuk.

    16-02-2015

  • 45m 11s

    Issaittuq (Waterproof)

    by: Norman Cohn

    channel: Isuma Productions

    This second Isuma-Artcirq co-production by Igloolik youth is a story about a young Inuk who lost his love. Using alcohol to put reality and the past behind, the past keeps hunting him. When he loses control and beats up a man on the street he is sentenced to two months in an outpost camp, where a hunter is waiting for him.

    Filmmaker: Bruce Haulli-Kenneth Rasmussen

    10-02-2015

  • 1h 30s

    Kingulliit: The Next Generation (Part 1)

    by: Zacharias Kunuk

    channel: Kingulliit The Next Generation - TV

    Kingulliit: The Next Generation (Part 1)

    Unikkaat Sivunittinnit: Messages from the Past

    In 1992, Igloolik Isuma Productions produced a documentary film about traditional Inuit ajaja songs.

    Produced by Norman Cohn and Zacharias Kunuk when they were just starting their independent film company, Kunuk searched to better understand ajaja songs: where did the songs come from, how where they made and how have they been passed down generation to generation.

    Each elder remembers their own family’s ajaja songs and explains how they were created by poets taking their words from their life experiences. The process also allowed Kunuk to collect traditional music  to publish a full album on CD and to use many of these tradition ajaja songs in his films over the next twenty years.

    Year: 2012
    Language: Inuktitut
    Length: 60 minutes
       
    Directors: Zacharias Kunuk
    Camera: Norman Cohn
    Editor: Carol Kunnuk

     

    Listen free to a selection of these songs here

    Order the full CD of Unikaat Sivunittinnit (Messages from the Past) contact VTape

     

    09-02-2015

  • 1h 30s

    Kingulliit: The Next Generation (Part 2)

    by: Zacharias Kunuk

    channel: Kingulliit The Next Generation - TV

    Kingulliit: The Next Generation (Part 2)

    Pingajugijat Kinguvaarijat: The Third Generation

    Part 2 of the Kingulliit documentary, by Zacharias Kunuk and Paul Aarulaaq Quassa.

    In the 1980’s and 90’s, as aging elders and Third Generation children become modern adults, southern radio and television introduced in 1982 increase the impact of foreign language and culture, and quickly alter the community dynamics of the settlement. Traditional respect for leadership by elders is undermined as Third Generation adults are prematurely empowered by new skills: the ability to speak, read and write English; to negotiate with white bosses and bureaucracies; to get jobs using new technology like trucks, heavy equipment, cash registers, typewriters, fax machines and computers.
     

    Year: 2012
    Language: Inuktitut
    Length: 60 minutes

     

    08-02-2015