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In 1991, Igloolik Isuma Productions gathered 13 Igloolik elders for a week of discussion, to choose and then record 24 traditional ajaja songs for future generations of Inuit youth. Where did these precious pieces of oral history come from, how were they made and how have they been passed down for generations? Each elder looks back on their own family's ajaja songs and explains how they were created by poets taking their words from their life experiences. The video includes priceless footage of these elders singing and drumming the songs, and their playfully combative and humorous interactions are a joy to watch. Isuma published a full CD of the selected songs and continued to use many of them in their films over the next 30 years.

Redux is a retrospective program celebrating films that deserve another opportunity to be seen on the big screen.

Digital remaster made possible by the generous financial support of Telefilm Canada, in partnership with Hot Docs.

Learn more about Zacharias Kunuk, Paul Aarulaaq Quassa and Isuma Productions here.

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  • Director(s)

    • Zacharius Kanak
    • Paul Aarulaaq Quassa

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