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22 May 2014


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)


  • 2h 41m 51s

    Atanarjuat The Fast Runner

    by: Zacharias Kunuk

    channel: Isuma Productions

    Inuit epic set in ancient Igloolik, Atanarjuat The Fast Runner is a life-threatening struggle of love, jealousy, murder and revenge between powerful natural and supernatural characters, Canada's first feature film written, produced, directed, and acted by Inuit. 2001 Camera d'or, Cannes Film Festival; Best Picture, 2002 Genie Awards; #1 Canadian Film of the Decade, Macleans, CTV.

    A film by Zacharias Kunuk, Paul Apak, Norman Cohn and Pauloosie Qulitalik


    Year of Production: 2001
    172 minutes
    Drama based on historical legend
    Production Company:
    Igloolik Isuma Productions
    Inuktitut with English, French s-t

    Country: Canada
    Igloolik; Nunavut, Canadian Arctic

    Director: Zacharias Kunuk

    Zacharias Kunuk, Paul Apak Angilirq, Norman Cohn, Germaine YG Wong

    Paul Apak Angilirq

    Director of Photography:
    Norman Cohn

    Sound Recordist:
    Richard Lavoie

    Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn, Marie-Christine Sarda

    Original Music:
    Chris Crilly

    Michelline Ammaq, Atuat Akkitiq

    Principal Cast:
    Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Madeline Ivalu, Paulossie Qulitalik, Eugene Ipkarnak

    Executive Producer:
    Sally Bochner



    “A masterpiece.... The first national cinema of the 21st century”

    A.O. Scott, NY Times

    “Mysterious, bawdy, emotionally intense, and replete with virtuoso throat singing, this three-hour movie is engrossing from first image to last, so devoid of stereotype and cosmic in its vision it could suggest the rebirth of cinema.”

    Jim Hoberman, Village Voice

    “Nothing less than a complete revelation and reinvention of cinematic form…. a definite ‘must-see’.”

    Katherine Monk, Vancouver Sun

    "An astonishing epic film"

    Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

    “Un film d'une singulière beauté”

    Jean-Michel Frodon, Le Monde

    “A milestone...a fascinating cultural document”

    Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail


    Official Selection - Un Certain Regard -Winner Camera d'or (54th Cannes International Film Festival, May 2001)

    Complete listings at the Atanarjuat companion Website



    Press Kit / / Film Stills
    Companion website
    Lesson Plans on Sila Inuit Educational
    Atanarjuat on IMDB
    Atanarjuat on Rotten Tomatoes
    Atanarjuat on Metacritic
    Atanarjuat on Amazon

    View our catalogue to order Atanarjuat Products



    Isuma Distribution International c/o VTape, wandav@vtape.org, +1.416.351.1317 fax-1509; info@isuma.ca, +1.514.486.0707 fax-9851.


  • 53m 45s

    Anaana (Mother / Mère)

    by: Marie-Hélène Cousineau

    channel: Arnait Video Productions

    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)


    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.


  • 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


  • 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



  • 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



  • 1h 53m 8s

    The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

    by: Norman Cohn

    channel: Norman Cohn Video

    The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, by Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn, 112 mins. 2005. Second feature in The Fast Runner Trilogy. 

    Isuma Distribution International and Vtape, isuma [at] vtape [dot] org, info [at] isuma [dot] tv, wandav [at] vtape [dot] org.

    Press Kit: requires PDF reader