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Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman's Apprentice

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Country:
Canada
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Year:
2021
Edition
RIFF 2022

Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice

20 Minutes | Canada | 2021

Synopsis

A young shaman must face her first test—a trip underground to visit Kannaaluk, who holds the answers to why a community member has become ill. She must trust her mentor’s teachings and learn to control her fear.

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Director’s Bio

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Born in 1957 in a sod house on Baffin Island, Zacharias Kunuk was a carver in 1981 when he
sold three sculptures in Montreal to buy a home-video camera to bring back to his home
community of Igloolik NU. In 1991 he co-founded Igloolik Isuma Productions Inc. with Paul Apak Angilirq, Pauloosie Qulitalik and Norman Cohn. In addition to the feature Atanarjuat The
Fast Runner (2001 Cannes Camera d’Or), Kunuk has directed more than 30 documentaries and feature films including The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change, and Maliglutit (Searchers). His last feature, One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk (2019), premiered as the main artpiece of the Canadian Pavilion at the 58th Biennale di Venezia, where Kunuk and the Isuma Collective were Canada’s representative artists. Angakusajaujuq is his first foray in the world of stop motion animation. Kunuk is also the winner of three Genie Awards, a National Arts Award, and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, and the 2017 Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association. In 2015, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2019, an Officer of the Order of Nunavut.

Film Details

  • Year:
    2021
  • Genres:
  • Runtime:
    20 Minutes
  • Languages:
    Inuktitut
  • Countries:
    Canada
  • Premiere:
    Icelandic Premiere
  • Edition:
    RIFF 2022
  • Director:
    Zacharias Kunuk
  • Screenwriter:
    Zacharias Kunuk, Jonathan Frantz
  • Producer:
    Neil Christopher, Nadia Mike, Zacharias Kunuk, Jonathan Frantz
  • Cast:
    Madeline Ivalu, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Jacky Qrunnut

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