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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 the rest of his family murdered. A loon named Kallulik, the spirit helper of his father, sets Kuanana—driven by both light and dark forces—on a course to overturn fate and reunite his family. In Inuktitut with English subtitles.

Reviews: Cinema Scope, Kristin Thompson (first review), The Playlist

Interviews: Interview with Zacharias Kunuk and Natar Ungalaaq in POV Magazine

Filmography: Inuit Cree Reconciliation (2013), Exile (2009), The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006), Angakkuiit: Shaman Stories (2003), Arviq: Bowhead! (2002), Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)

Other Films by Zacharias Kunuk

Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner

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