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Igloolik Isuma Productions

Works: 57 works in 175 publications in 3 languages and 3,221 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Documentary films  Film adaptations  Biographical films  Television programs  Nonfiction films  Folklore  Documentary television programs  Fiction  Observations 
Classifications: PN1997.2, 497
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Most widely held works about Igloolik Isuma Productions
Most widely held works by Igloolik Isuma Productions
Atanarjuat The fast runner by Zacharias Kunuk( Visual )

44 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,276 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
Before tomorrow Le jour avant le lendemain( Visual )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in Inuktitut and English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's summertime, a time when Inuit communities come together to share food, tell stories, and marry their young. Ninguig (Ivalu) and her best friend Kutuujuk (Mary Qulitalik) are elders in one such community, and when Ninguig gets word that the Europeans are advancing she fears for the future of her people. But Ninguig has a more immediate problem to worry about as well; Kutuujuk has fallen gravely ill, and it looks as if she won't live to see another winter. After returning from a fishing excursion with a rather bountiful catch, Ningiuq, her grandson Maniq (Paul-Dylan Ivalu), and Kutuujuk prepare to dry the fish. Alone on a remote and uninhabited island, the trio waits for someone from their tribe to arrive and guide them back home. When no one appears to do so, Ningiuq and Maniq decide to set off for home while Kutuujuk waits behind. Unfortunately Ningiuq has a foreboding feeling about the journey, and she's about to discover just how accurate her instincts truly are
The journals of Knud Rasmussen( Visual )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in Inuktitut and English and held by 87 WorldCat member 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
Qapirangajuq : Inuit knowledge and climate change( Visual )

4 editions published in 2010 in Inuktitut and English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The impact of climate change in Canada is discussed by those at its front lines. In this historic documentary by the legendary Isuma Productions, Inuit people speak first-hand about how their landscape is changing, how the sky has turned colour and if the polar bear really is endangered. Their insight, borne from centuries of shared knowledge, reveals a deep intimacy with their environment and convincingly challenges mainstream media accounts of climate change. Unsettling accounts of new flora, thawing permafrost and dwindling ice point directly to the truth that climate change has become a human rights issue for many Indigenous people." - Website
Nunavut Our land( Visual )

16 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in Inuktitut and English and held by 28 WorldCat member 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
Qallunajatut( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in Inuktitut and English and held by 28 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 )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in Inuktitut and English and held by 25 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
Nunavut Our land( Visual )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in Inuktitut and English and held by 24 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
Unakuluk, dear little one( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in 3 languages and held by 23 WorldCat member 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
Angakkuiit shaman stories( Visual )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 22 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
Unikaatuatiit. Volume 2 Story tellers. Volume 2( Visual )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in Inuktitut and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ajainaa!: 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
Kunuk family reunion( Visual )

2 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 20 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 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
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
Iniit Piqitingit Inuit Piqutingit : what belongs to Inuit( Visual )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in Inuktitut and English and held by 19 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
Nunaqpa Going inland by Zacharias Kunuk( Visual )

3 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 18 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
Arviq! Bowhead!( Visual )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 18 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, 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
Qaggiq Gathering place( Visual )

4 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 17 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
Nipi Voice( Visual )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in Inuktitut and English and held by 17 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
Saputi Fish traps( Visual )

4 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in Inuktitut and English and held by 17 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
Issaittuq 407( Visual )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 16 WorldCat member 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
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Atanarjuat The fast runner