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Gabriola’s From Truth to Reconciliation Speakers Series presents the film “Atanarjuat the Fast Runner” by Zacharias Kunuk (2000).
This adaptation of an ancient Inuit legend was filmed in Inuktitut and directed by Inuit filmmakers – making Atanarjuat the first feature film of its kind!
Set in Igloolik, in Nunavut, this is “a powerful drama, not a documentary,” reminds the director Kunuk. “It demystifies the exotic, otherwordly aboriginal stereotype by telling a universal story.” The clothes, spears, kayaks, sunglasses and dwellings were all painstakingly researched. “We show how our ancestors dressed, how they handled their dog teams, how they argued and laughed.. confronted evil and fought back.”
Many enthusiastic viewers have compared this epic story to The Iliad. In the words of one movie critic, “If Homer had been given a video camera, this is what he would have done!”
In Inuktitut, with English subtitles.
This screening is part of Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake): NFB Indigenous Cinema on Tour. Throughout 2017, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is offering the films in its exceptional collection of 250+ Indigenous-made works to all Canadians — for community screenings! These are the stories of our land, told by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers from every region of the country. Powerful, political, and profound, these films will initiate and inspire conversations on identity, family, community, and nationhood.