Based on an old Inuit legend, the chief of the clan has two sons, Amaqjuaq, the Strong One and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner. Jealousy between them leads to a bloody conflict that ends in the death of the chief and Amaqujuaq, while Atanarjuat must flee naked over the barren ice sea. Director Zacharias Kunuk’s (Inuit) award-winning film (Camera d’Or for best first feature at the Cannes Film Festival and Canadian Genie Award for Best Picture), the first ever in the Inuktitut language, presents a violent and brutal environment punctuated by moments of kindness in stark and breathtakingly beautiful landscape.—UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Appears in: Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema
Other Films by Zacharias Kunuk
Kunuk’s (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) poignant film, shot in the spectacular Arctic, is set in 1913 and inspired by John Ford’s classic The Searchers. In a harrowing story of brutality, kidnapping, and revenge, Kuanana returns from a caribou hunt to discover that marauders have attacked his igloo, his wife and daughter have been abducted, and …