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Directed by Zacharias Kunuk

Canada 2016 94 mins. In Inuktitut

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)

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