All films listed below are viewable on our website through the purchase of a ticket. Tickets are available through Eventbrite for $10 + fees. This one ticket includes access to all films listed below. Films will be viewable from Friday February 26 at 7pm until Sunday February 28 at midnight. We strive to make our festival as accessible as possible, if the cost of a ticket is a barrier for you, please contact us through email and we'll try to accommodate your request.
Please be aware that some of these films include violence, nudity, sexual activity, adult themes, or course language.
All films in this program either have hard-coded subtitles in English, closed captions in English, or no dialogue.
7m | Greenland | 2020 | English, Kalaallisut
A cinematic portrait of despair and anxiety towards an unknown future for the Inuit of the world's largest island. The film questions the rationale behind past and future mining prospects in Greenland and how they are linked to the search for identity of the fledgling nation in a post-colonial world.
17m | Greenland | 2020 | Greenlandic, w/ Eng. Subs
-Content Warning: Scenes of violence, and adult themes-
Anna's son, Miilu, is discussing with his fiancé if Anna should attend their wedding or not. Anna suffers from hallucinatory dementia but is already a user at e-Na, a helping equipment for people with dementia and their relatives. An update will enable them to help her better when frightening hallucinations occur and will make it possible to have her at their wedding. So why shouldn't Miilu update Anna's e-Na equipment?
Marc Fussing Rosbach
5m | Greenland | 2020 | No Dialogue
Naja (Little sister) is a fantasy short film that tells a young girls death and her journey through shock and grief. After an traumatic experience Naja ran away from home as she runs away from the reality that she couldn’t accept. As she ran her ancestors follow her, through the northern lights. She meets two small spirits that wanted to help her move on to the other world (silap aappaa). She couldn’t move on until she accepts her death.
Aibillie Idlout and Michael Napatuq
5m | Canada | 2019 | English
In this documentary short, two young Inuit circus performers from the community of Inukjuak, and members of Tupiq A.C.T., team up to showcase Inuit culture from the Hudson Coast.
Mina Rita Niviaxie
5m | Canada | 2019 | English
In this documentary from Inukjuak, and Inspired by Chef Paradis, “Cuisine du Nord” shows people in the North connecting through food.
3m | Canada | 2019 | No dialogue
In this short documentary from the community of Inukjuak, the filmmaker demonstrates her athleticism, Inuit culture, and profound resilience through Arctic Games. Through this sport, Deseray conquers her doubts, and reaches for greater heights.
Marja Bål Nango and Ingir Bål Nango
16m | Norway | 2020 | Sámi/Norwegian w/ Eng. Subs.
-Content Warning: Course language and adult themes-
An alcoholic Sámi lady is alone in her cabin on the countryside during the covid-19 pandemic. She discovers that someone has drawn on her cabinwall and she calls people to find out who did it. The pandemic has gotten on her nerves and as she begins drinking her mental state starts to unravel...
1h 10m | Greenland | 2020 | Greenlandic w/ Eng. Subs
-Content Warning: Topics of abuse and mature subjects-
Pilluarneq Ersigiunnaarpara is a documentary about two people who have both been exposed to sexual abuse during their childhood. Gukki Nuka (53) is an artist and is now going back to his hometown Uummannaq where the abuse of him took place. Kornelia (24) is struggling anxiety today but has broken the vicious circle and is fighting to get a life with the freedom she herself wanted as a child. Freedom to dream and freedom to fight for a secure life. A freedom that both Gukki Nuka and Kornelia have dreamt of.
Marc Fussing Rosbach
1h 32m | Greenland | 2019 | English Subtitles
Greenlands first fantasy feature film is an adventure story inspired by Inuit culture and mythology.
It follows the main character Nukappi on his journey as he discovers his Inuit culture and the stories of his ancestors. Nukappi discovers that he is an Angakkoq (Shaman) like his grandfather before him.
Darkness is coming and Nukappi must save his hometown of Ilulissat.
1h 48m | Sakha Republic, Russia | 2019 | Yakut w/Eng. subtitles
Altan gets a job on a desolate island. Unsure and alone, Altan discovers he has a neighbour – elderly Baibal with a special request. Baibal is ready for death and asks the boy to bury him near his wife's grave when he dies. Afraid, everyday Altan does everything to make the old man look forward to living another beautiful day.
1h 55m | Sakha Republic, Russia | 2019 | Yakut & Russian w/ Eng. subtitles
A subtle and intimate portrait of a mother-son relationship. This film tells a heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking, and very recognizable story about family, illness, life and death. 40-year-old Ruslan lives with his mother Maria in a small village in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Everyday life becomes more and more challenging as his mother's Alzheimer's becomes more prominent, and they are eventually forced to move to the city. Through everyday events, the film explores universal emotions, tensions, and relationships.
2h 41m | Canada | 2001 | Inuktitut, w/ Eng. subtitles
- 20th Anniversary Screening -
- Rated R for some sexuality/nudity and violence -
Voted Number One, All-Time Top Ten Canadian film in a poll conducted by the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015. An exciting action thriller set in ancient Igloolik, the film unfolds as a life-threatening struggle of love, jealousy, murder and revenge between powerful natural and supernatural characters.
Atanarjuat is Canada's first feature-length fiction film written, produced, directed, and acted by Inuit. "It demystifies the exotic, otherwordly aboriginal stereotype by telling a universal story" (Zach Kunuk).
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