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Redux: Shorts by Zacharias Kunuk

Two short docs by Canadian Inuk director Zacharias Kunuk are now available on Hot Docs at Home, free for Hot Docs members and subscribers, including From Inuk Point of View, a groundbreaking film about modern-day Inuit life in Iglooik–the first Inuit-produced film to receive professional artist funding from the Canada Council for the Arts; and Unikkaat Sivunittinnit (Messages From the Past), in which Kunuk captures invaluable and heartwarming footage of 13 Iglooik elders recording traditional ajaja songs for future generations. 

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

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Series runs August 28 - December 29

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From Inuk Point of View

In 1985, Zacharias Kunuk made history as the first Inuit or Indigenous artist deemed eligible to apply for a professional artist grant from Canada Council for the Arts. In his Inuktitut-language short film, From Inuk Point of View, the camera pans across homes in Iglooik as elder Pauloosie Qulitalik narrates, describing the parts of traditional Inuit culture that remain: language and hunting.

  • D: Zacharius Kunuk
  • Canada
  • 1985
  • 28 min
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Unikkaat Sivunittinnit (Messages from the Past)

In 1991, Igloolik Isuma Productions gathered 13 Igloolik elders to choose and then record 24 traditional ajaja songs. 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 words from life experiences.

  • D: Zacharius Kanak & Paul Aarulaaq Quassa
  • Canada
  • 1991
  • 60 min
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