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Uvanga

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Anna is nervous when she and her 14 year old son, Tomas, arrive in the small, close-knit community of Igloolik in the Canadian Arctic. Anna had a short-lived affair with Tomas’s Inuk father when she worked in Igloolik, but Tomas was born and raised in his mother’s native city of Montreal and never knew much about his origins. Tomas is bright, strong, and curious about his father’s culture. For his mother and Inuit family, the joy of his 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 reconnect with the family they can no longer ignore.

DIRECTED BY
Marie-Hélène Cousineau
Madeline Piujuq Ivalu

STARRING
Lukasi Forrest
Marianne Farley
Travis Kunnuk
Madeline Piujuq Ivalu
Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq
Pakak Innuksuk
Carol Kunnuk

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY BY
Marie-Hélène Cousineau

IN COLLABORATION WITH
Susan Avingaq
Madeline Piujuq Ivalu
Carol Kunnuk

MUSIC
Alain Auger

DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Félix Lajeunesse
Alexandre Domingue

EDITORS
Glenn Berman

PRODUCER
Stéphane Rituit
Marie-Hélène Cousineau

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Susan Avingaq
Madeline Piujuq Ivalu
Zacharias Kunuk

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      uploaded by: Gabriela Gamez

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      uploaded date: 14-03-2019

    • Atanarjuat The Fast Runner

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      uploaded date: 18-02-2019

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      uploaded date: 21-02-2019

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      uploaded by: clairelittoncohn

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      uploaded date: 11-03-2019

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      uploaded by: clairelittoncohn

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      uploaded date: 13-03-2019

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      uploaded date: 13-03-2019

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      uploaded by: clairelittoncohn

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      uploaded date: 13-03-2019