Digital Premiere

Friday, March 4 at 5:00 pm


Canada only; until March 13 at 11:59 pm.

Director: Zacharias Kunuk

Featuring: Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Madeline Ivalu

Language: Inuktitut subtitled in English

Runtime: 101 minutes

Rating: suitable for most audiences; content advisory: sexuality, nudity and violence


First released in 2001, Zacharias Kunuk’s epic drama was not just a landmark achievement for Canadian film but Indigenous cinema worldwide. KCFF is thrilled to present this retrospective presentation to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a work that retains all its power to astonish and enthrall viewers with its story of an Inuit community in the ancient past which is riven by animosity and betrayal. The first feature to ever be entirely written, directed and performed in the Inuktitut language, it won the Camera d’Or for best first feature at Cannes before winning six Genie Awards. In 2015, it was voted the greatest Canadian film of all time at TIFF. KCFF is equally proud to present Kunuk’s latest film in this year’s Canadian Shorts (program 1): ANGAKUSAJAUJUQ: THE SHAMAN’S APPRENTICE, a stunning animated short he created with many of his same collaborators on ATANARJUAT.

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