Iqqaumavara (Autumn 2013)
In the early 1950s, a dozen Inuit families from Inukjuak were deported to Grise Fjord and Resolute Bay by the Canadian government. They were put aboard the C.D. Howe ship with the promise of a better life, abundant game and fish and the possibility of coming back. But instead, hunger, cold and the glacial winter night awaited them in the Arctic. Abandoned and left to survive under the harshest climate on the planet, they were cut off from their loved ones for decades. IQQAUMAVARA-I remember – is an essential website about the history and memory of families touched by the relocation. Watch the trailer of the web site in production. IQQAUMAVARA is produced by Makivik and directed by Marquise Lepage (director of the movie Martha of the north).
Capturing Spirit – The Inuit Journey
Capturing Spirit; An Inuit Journey is a dramatic portayal of the life challenges facing Inuit youth today.
The 70 minute film follows the lives of two character as they become young adults. It chronicals the everyday struggles, challenges and successes they face growing up in a small Arctic town. Lead characters Ben Watt and Evie Mark must grapple with family strife, physical and alcohol abuse, suicide and clashing cultures as they grow up. Dramatic vignettes highlight events and choices in their lives from birth to adulthood.
The wisdom of the past is presented by a talking Inukshuk and Arctic Tern Using imaginative special effects and 3D animation, these characters provide a counterpoint to the live action sequences.
Produced for the Makivik Corporation, the film was directed by Albert Nerenberg based on a script by Sheila Watt Cloutier, Tarqralik Partridge, Bob Mesher and
The film was shot in Kuujjuaq in northern Quebec and had a cast of almost 50 actors from the local community.
Information on the video can be obtained from the Makivik Corporation
514-634-8091 or at www.makivik.org