Fri./Sat., Feb. 3 & 4, 2023, 6-9pm
Lansdowne Park (Outside the Horticulture building & Aberdeen Pavilion )
1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa, ON K1S 5J3
Sun., Feb. 5, 2023, 6-9pm
Beandigen Cafe (Indoors)
106-900 Exhibition Way, Ottawa, ON K1S 5J3
+ 5 short films shown outdoors (66 Minutes)
+ Post-screening DJ & VJ performances
+ Ice Bar with hot drinks & snacks
(Alcoholic & non-alcoholic available)
+ Fire pits onsite to stay warm!
+ Free / Everyone welcome / GG & PG rated films
* This event takes place outdoors, so please remember to dress appropriately for the weather!
* Note about Film Content. Films shown Outdoors are rated GG or PG, some scenes may be scary for young children under the age of 13. The short film on Sunday is rated AA for subject matter, while the Feature Film is PG.
The word Unikkaatuarniq is an Inuktitut word that means "Storytelling". Storytelling is an ancient form of magic, with the power to connect the past with the present, teach lessons, impart values, heal, to explain the world and connect us to the universe through language and mythology. The stories, films, and music in this program, come from Indigenous peoples from the circumpolar north — such as the the Inuit of Canada and Greenland, or the Sami of northern Scandinavia — peoples that have thrived in the Arctic regions of the world for thousands of years, enduring the changing seasons of dark and light, of colonialism, and of climate change. Although these cultures live thousands of kilometres away from each other, they share a common history of resilience in their language, culture and magic through storytelling.
This event takes place on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation, and is being held in partnership with Winterlude, Beandigen Cafe, DARC, Gallery 101, the NFB, Lansdowne Park, and the City of Ottawa. A big thank you to our funder, the Canada Council for the Arts.
Aviaq Johnston (Inuit) | Canada | 2020 | 10 mins
A teenage girl walks home in a burgeoning blizzard, happy to have an unexpected snow day. Ignoring an Elder's warning about the terror the blizzard holds, she finds herself alone in her home with an unseen presence stalking and tormenting her.
Zacharias Kunuk (Inuit) | Canada | 2022 | 20 mins
A young shaman must face her first test—a trip underground to visit Kannaaluk, The One Below, who holds the answers to why a community member has become ill. Facing dark spirits and physical challenges, she must trust her mentor and grandmother's teachings and learn to control her fear.
Marc Fussing Rosbach (Inuit) | Greenland | 2022 | 18 mins
IMAJUIK is a sci-fi horror short film, commissioned by International Sami Film Institute. In this short sci-fi horror Imajuik is the only person left in the Nuuk. it's 2060 and the once busy capital has been deserted due to a uranium mine explosion nearby. Suddenly Imajuik's device detects one life form - but is that a good thing?
Ann Holmgren (Sami) | Norway | 2021 | 5 mins
A Sámi underground world where you can get inspiration and power. In this world Háldi is all living being’s guardian helper. The film focuses on the unity and power of female relations in Sami tradition and mythology.
Jennie Williams (Inuit) | Canada | 2021 | 13 mins
An up close look at an exhilarating, and sometimes terrifying, Labrador Inuit tradition. Every January 6th from the dark of the Nunatsiavut night, the Nalujuit appear on the sea ice. They walk on two legs, yet their faces are animalistic, skeletal, and otherworldly. Snow crunches underfoot as they approach their destination: the Inuit community of Nain.
Sunna Nousuniemi (Sami) | Finland | 24 minutes | 2021 | Finnish, Sami, English
A film about the survival struggle of the director, the protagonist of the film Sunna, after being the victim of sexual violence. The film follows Sunna's journey towards the moment when she can finally try to continue her life. The recovery is also supported by a crafting project, which has roots in the Sámi culture, closely connected to the collective effort of the Sámi people to restore their spiritual heritage.
Ever Deadly weaves concert footage with stunning sequences filmed on location in Nunavut, seamlessly bridging landscapes, stories and songs with pain, anger and triumph —all through the expressions of Tanya Tagaq, one of the most innovative musical performers of our time.
Sunday Feb. 5th from 6-9pm
106-900 Exhibition Way,
Ottawa, ON K1S 5J3
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