Igloolik Isuma Productions
Most widely held works about Igloolik Isuma Productions
Most widely held works by Igloolik Isuma Productions
Atanarjuat The fast runner ( Visual )
12 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 947 libraries worldwide
A small nomadic community is cursed by an unknown shaman. When Atanarjuat falls in love with a woman already promised to the son of the clan's leader, he has to fight for her. She is won by Atanarjuat and the leader plots to attack him in his sleep. Escaping, he sets off running across the ice, embarking on a harrowing adventure of survival in the brutal wilderness. He returns stronger and wiser to reclaim his life and stop the curse that has divided his people.
The fast runner ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in Inuktitut and English and held by 172 libraries worldwide
Film explores the universal themes of love, revenge and survival. When a small, nomadic community is cursed by an unknown shaman, the curse is still felt years later. Atanarjuat falls in love with Atuat, a woman already promised to the son of the clan's leader. In a fight, she is won by Atanarjuat causing vengeful clan leader Oki to plot to attack Atanarjuat and his brother in their sleep. Atanarjuat manages to escape and sets off running across the ice, embarking on a harrowing adventure to survive in the brutal wilderness. His journey ends when he returns, stronger and wiser, to reclaim his life and stop the curse that has divided his people.
The journals of Knud Rasmussen ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2006 in Inuktitut and held by 47 libraries worldwide
"January 1922. With powerful forces of a new century pressing in around them, Danish explorer and scientist Knud Rasmussen vists the isolated camp on [sic] the great Iglulik shaman, Aua. For Rasmussen ... Aua's family camp is like falling into Paradise .... What the Danes don't realize is Aua's temporary fortress of beauty and tranquility stands surrounded by the steamroller of the twentieth century ... and that nomadic Inuit can't stay in one place even if there's nowhere safe to go"--Container.
Nunavut Our land ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 35 libraries worldwide
"Using contemporary Inuit actors, Nunavut recreates the traditional nomadic lifestyle of Inuit in the Igloolik region of the Canadian Arctic in 1945 - just before government and settlement life began. The series follows five fictional families through the different seasons of an Arctic year, from the glorious northern spring to a uniquely Inuit Christmas Day"--Producer's website.
Before tomorrow Le jour avant le lendemain ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 27 libraries worldwide
A strong Inuit woman demonstrates that human dignity is at the core of life from beginning to end, as she faces with her beloved grandson the ultimate challenge of survival.
Unikaatuatiit Story tellers ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2006 in Inuktitut and held by 23 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.
Unakuluk, dear little one ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in Inuktitut and French and held by 20 libraries worldwide
Adopting a child from a relative, a friend, somebody you know, is very common in Inuit culture. In fact, adoption is part of the culture, with every family experiencing it in one way or another. As individuals talk about their own experiences with adoption, the film allows us to see how this traditional custom changes with the reality of contemporary life in the North.
Kiviaq versus Canada ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 20 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.
Qallunajatut ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in Inuktitut and held by 19 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.
Angakkuiit shaman stories ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 16 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.
Kunuk family reunion ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in Inuktitut and held by 16 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 fathe'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.
Iniit Piqitingit Inuit Piqutingit : what belongs to Inuit ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 16 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.
Arviq! Bowhead ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 14 libraries worldwide
For untold centuries Inuit hunted the huge bowhead, or 'right' whale, as a main source of food, heating oil and building materials, As with all animals, Inuit hunters take only what they can use. 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, While Inuit were not responsible for the near-extinction of the the bowhead, they are still prohibited from hunting it like everyone else. 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 in September 1994. Afew 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 huntedrs 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.
Atanarjuat the fast runner ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and Inuktitut and held by 13 libraries worldwide
A retelling of an Inuit legend of love, jealousy, murder and revenge in the Igloolik region, focusing on two brothers: Atanarjuat and Amaqjuaq.
Nunaqpa Going inland ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 13 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.
Artcirq ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 13 libraries worldwide
Artcirq, a circus project, was created in 1998, with the financial support of the Cirque Éloize and Isuma Productions. During the summer of 1999, the circus company stayed for the first time in Igloolik, and presented a show and delivered the first workshops for everyone. The members of the company also participated in a ten-day hunting camp with a group of 30 Inuk, with the intent to familiarize the Caucasians with camp life. The following summer two live shows are presented and by 2001, four shows and this documentary film is presented to the Igloolik community.
Issaittuq 407 ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in Inuktitut and held by 12 libraries worldwide
Issaittuq: This is a story about a young Inuk who lost his love. Using alcohol, he is trying to put the reality and the past behind, but the past keeps hunting him. One day he looses control of himself and starts beating a man who's walking on a street beside...
Qaggiq Gathering place ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 12 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.
Ajainaa! Almost ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2001 in Inuktitut and held by 12 libraries worldwide
Ajainaa! features Igloolik Elders discussing their views of contemporary Inuit life. Topics include the role Inuit and "Southern" forms of education, survival strategies (such as how to save a drowning victim), and the differences between camp and settlement life.
Nipi Voice ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 12 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.
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