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ATANARJUAT THE FAST RUNNER

Canada, 2000 (MIFF 2001, International Panorama)

Director: Zacharias Kunuk

Evil in the form of an unknown shaman, divides a small community of nomadic Inuit, upsetting its balance and spirit. 20 years pass and two brothers emerge to challenge the evil order: Amaqjuaq. the Strong One, and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner.

This is the first ever screenplay written in the Inuit language; shot on digital video and looking terrific due to the exceptional light so near the North Pole, the film captures an epic story rife with rivalries, evil spirits, sex, violence, native ingenuity, harsh elements and humour.

Atanarjuat The Fast Runner is based on an ancient Inuit legend, set in the Arctic at the dawn of the first millennium. For countless generations, Igloolik elders have kept the legend of Atanarjuat alive through oral history in an effort to teach young inuit the dangers of setting personal desire above the needs of the group.

Directed by Zachanas Kunuk. the film brings lost traditions back to the screen. Screened in Official Selection. Un Certain Regard, winner of the Camera D Or, Cannes 2001.

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