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Directed by Zacharias Kunuk

Canada 2001 170 mins.

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.



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