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Kunuk, Zacharias

Works: 94 works in 345 publications in 6 languages and 4,214 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Ethnographic films  Historical films  Biographical films  Interviews  Folklore  Television programs 
Roles: Director, Film editor, Producer, Author, Author of screenplay, Performer, Contributor
Classifications: PN1997.2, 497
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Atanarjuat = The fast runner by Zacharias Kunuk( Visual )

104 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A retelling of an Inuit legend of love, jealousy, murder and revenge in the Igoolik brothers Atanarjuat and Amaqjuaq. Evil in the form of an unknown shaman divides a small community of Inuit, Twenty years later, two brothers emerge to challenge the evil order: Amaqjuag, the Strong One, and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner. Atanarjuat wins the hand of the lovely Atuat away from the boastful son of the camp leader, Oki, who wows to get even. Oki ambushes the brothers in their sleep, killing Amaqjuaq, as Atanarjuat miraculously escapes running naked over the spring sea ice
Reel Injun( Visual )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An entertaining and provocative look at Hollywood's depiction of Native Americans, Reel Injun journeys through a century of cinema to set the record straight. Traveling through the heartland of the U.S., to the Black Hills and Monument Valley, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond examines how the myth of the movie "Injun" has influenced the world's understanding -- and misunderstanding -- of Natives. With clips from hundreds of classic and recent films document the shift from nuanced silent-era heroes to the Western's "noble savage" stereotype, leading up to the bourgeoning Native independent scene of Smoke Signals and The Fast Runner. Containing candid interviews with celebrated directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell, and Russell Means, Reel Injun is an insightful and essential compendium for understanding the racial politics of Hollywood and the continuing artistic vibrancy of Native peoples." -- Back of container
Atanarjuat : the fast runner : inspired by a traditional Inuit legend of Igloolik by Paul Apak Angilirq( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The journals of Knud Rasmussen( Visual )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrayal of the lives of the last great Inuit shaman, Avva, and his beautiful and headstrong daughter, Apak. Based on the journals of 1920s Danish ethnographer Knud Rasmussen
Qapirangajuq : Inuit knowledge and climate change( Visual )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in Inuktitut and English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change had its world premiere October 23, 2010, at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto. The complete film also streamed online simultaneously watched by more than 1500 viewers around the world. Following the film, a Q&A with filmmakers Zacharias Kunuk and Dr. Ian Mauro included live call-in by Skype from viewers from Pond Inlet, New York, Sydney, Australia and other locations. Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat The Fast Runner) and researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (Seeds of Change) have teamed up with Inuit communities to document their knowledge and experience regarding climate change. This new documentary, the world's first Inuktitut language film on the topic, takes the viewer "on the land" with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic. This unforgettable film helps us to appreciate Inuit culture and expertise regarding environmental change and indigenous ways of adapting to it. Exploring centuries of Inuit knowledge, allowing the viewer to learn about climate change first-hand from Arctic residents themselves, the film portrays Inuit as experts regarding their land and wildlife and makes it clear that climate change is a human rights issue affecting this ingenious Indigenous culture. Hear stories about Arctic melting and how Inuit believe that human and animal intelligence are key to adaptability and survival in a warming world
Qallunajatut = Urban Inuk( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Qallunajatut follows the lives of three Inuit in Montreal over the course of one hot and humid summer. We first encounter Jayson Kunnuk and his friend Charlie Adams, who are homeless and on the streets of Montreal. In this urban jungle, they meet Pitsulala Lyta, an Inuk Outreach Worker for the Native Friendship Centre. Originally from Iqaluit, Pitsulala came to Montreal at age 17 and lived many years on the street, but has turned her life around and is now dedicated to helping homeless Inuit get their bearings in the city. Through their stories, the film explores the urbanization of the Inuit psyche, as Inuit move further and further away from a direct connection to the land that has sustained their culture for thousands of years
Kiviaq versus Canada( Visual )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in Inuktitut and English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zacharias Kunuk travels to Edmonton to meet Kiviaq, Canada's first Inuit lawyer, former Golden Gloves boxing champion, city alderman, and the only Inuk to play with the Edmonton Eskimos football team. Kiviaq is currently suing the Federal Government of Canada with a claim demanding equal rights for Inuit, whom, he argues, are neither defined in law nor granted the same privileges as other aboriginal people
Au pays des Inuit : un film, un peuple, une légende : conçu à partir du film Atanarjuat, la légende de l'homme rapide by Bernard Saladin d'Anglure( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in French and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La genèse et la réalisation de ce premier film inuit de l'histoire. Inspiré d'une ancienne légende, il a reçu la Caméra d'or à Cannes en 2001. Considéré comme un film de fiction, il n'en constitue pas moins le meilleur documentaire jamais réalisé sur la vie des Inuits, détenant ainsi une valeur ethnographique indéniable. [SDM]
Nunaqpa = Going inland by Zacharias Kunuk( Visual )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in Inuktitut and English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Summer in the 1930s. For Igloolik, it is the time of nunaqpa - hoing inland - the long walk in search of summer-fat caribou, to cache enough meat for the hard winter ahead. Two families leave for the hunt, while the old couple waits by the shore for their return
Kunuk family reunion( Visual )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In June 2003, Zacharias Kunuk's family gathered at their traditional home site Siuraajuk, about 70 kilometers of hard driving into the arctic wilderness from the tiny town of Igloolik. Here, at the birthplace of his father Enuki and his father's father Sigluk, Zach and his brothers and sisters honor their family history. Seal hunting and story telling; Mary and Jerry's wedding under the midnight sun; and visits to the old sod houses where the family lived sixty years before; revealing the continuing connection between one Inuit family and their land
Angakkuiit = shaman stories( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary recounting Inuit memories and experiences of shamanism, and oral histories about the last shamans practicing in the region of Igloolik, Nunavut. Interviewees range from young people to elders and politicians, but they all share a belief that things happen, and that shamanism is still a living religion
Iniit Piqitingit = Inuit Piqutingit : what belongs to Inuit( Visual )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in Inuktitut and English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary about a group of Inuit elders from Nunavut who visit museums in five different cities in Canada and the United States to see the collections of artifacts and objects created by their ancestors to accommodate their daily life such as clothes, masks, tools, toys, vessels, etc
Nunavut = Our land( Visual )

3 editions published in 2002 in Inuktitut and English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in 1945 and 1946, this 13-part dramatic television series brings to life the people, setting and continuing story of the traditional nomadic lifestyle lived by Inuit in the Igloolik region of the Canadian Arctic. "Nunavut" dramatizes true stories of today's Elders, who still remember their early days growing up just before government and settlement life began. Following the lives of five fictional families played by contemporary Inuit actors, the series takes us through the different seasons of the Arctic year"--Container
Arviq! = Bowhead!( Visual )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in Inuktitut and English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For untold centuries Inuit hunted the huge bowhead, or 'right' whale, as a main source of food, heating oil and building materials. Starting in the 1700's until the close of the 19th century, commercial whalers from Europe and America wiped out almost the entire world's population of bowhead whales. In the mid-20th century, the Canadian government made the eastern Arctic bowhead hunt illegal. In 1994 one of Canada's most respected Inuit elders, 95 year old Noah Piugatuk, announced that he wanted to taste the bowhead whale one more time before he died. Honouring the elder's wish, Piugatuk's son-in-law caught an illegal whale near Igloolik. A few months later, the whale hunters were charged and ordered to stand trial. In June 1996, the government finally dropped all charges against the Igloolik hunters. In August 1996, Inuit hunters from across the arctic gathered in Repulse Bay to catch the first legal bowhead in more than forty years. Arviq! traces the history of the bowhead in the Arctic up to the first legal hunt in 1996
Saputi = Fish traps( Visual )

7 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in Inuktitut and English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1930s, Igloolik area of the eastern Arctic. As summer ends, three families build a saputi to trap fish going upriver for the winter. The days are getting shorter and young people daydream while waiting for the fish to come. Nature is not always predictable
Nanugiurutiga = My first polar bear( Visual )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in Inuktitut and English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales of hunting one of the most feared and respected animals in the Arctic: the polar bear, or nanuq. An Igloolik elder, Abraham Ulayuruluk, recounts stories about hunting polar bears in the old days. A young boy, accompanied by his father and grandfather, captures his first bear
Nipi = Voice by Claude Péloquin( Visual )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in Inuktitut and English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rapid change from traditional to modern life in Nunavut, like many post-colonial societies, has concentrated power, wealth and information in a few hands. Far-reaching decisions are being made daily by a mostly-unelected political elite with minimal input from under-informed citizens scattered over enormous distances. With no elected legislature in place until April 1999, Inuit organizations and their government advisors made these decisions on trust. 'Soft' media coverage is provided by these same insiders themselves: government agencies like CBC radio/TV and Government of NWT Information Networks, or the Inuit establishment through politically-controlled sources like IBC and TVNC. The absence of independent Inuit media scrutiny means there is little criticism or public debate about these important decisions. Nipi examines fundamental questions of democracy, power and change in Nunavut and indirectly in Canada itself: in education, religion, gender, lifestyle, the distribution of economic development and the make-up and inner structure of the new leadership class
Unikaatuatiit = Story tellers( Visual )

in Inuktitut and English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Volume one, Qaqqiq, Nunaqpa and Saputi, three internationally renowned historical re-enactments of nomadic life in the 1930s. Volume two and three: five contemporary documentaries on subjects from whale and polar bear hunting, modern leadership, elders advice, and a youth group's effort to learn circus skills to reduce youth suicide"--Producer's website
Qaggiq = Gathering place( Visual )

6 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shot over four days in May of 1988 in Igloolik, North West Territories, this production documents aspects of the Inuit way of life around the turn of the century. Improvised by community members, the story revolves around a native man in love with a local woman. When he asks for her hand in marriage, her father refuses, despite protests by the woman's mother. Calling for assistance in the spirit world and his own resources during the annual Qaggik games in the communal igloo, the youth tries to reverse her father's opinion. The production records the gathering together of several nomadic families, the building of a communal igloo, and the celebrations that follow - games, singing and drum dancing
Ajaina! = Almost!( Visual )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in Inuktitut and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features Igloolik Elders discussing their views of contemporary Inuit life. Topics include the role of Inuit and "Southern" forms of education, survival strategies (such as how to save a drowning victim), and the differences between camp and settlement life
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Atanarjuat = The fast runner
Alternative Names
Zacharias Kunuk

Zacharias Kunuk Canadees filmregisseur

Zacharias Kunuk Canadian Inuk film producer, screenwriter and film director

Zacharias Kunuk Canadian Inuk producer and director

Zacharias Kunuk kanadischer Filmproduzent, Filmregisseur und Drehbuchautor

Zacharias Kunuk kanadischer Filmproduzent, Regisseur und Drehbuchautor

Кунук, Захариас

زاکارایاس کونک فیلمنامه‌نویس، تدوینگر، تهیه‌کننده، و کارگردان کانادایی




Atanarjuat : the fast runner : inspired by a traditional Inuit legend of Igloolik