09 20 Oct '24
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Zacharias Kunuk


172' - 2000 - Drama - Dialogue: Inuktitut
Director: Zacharias Kunuk Composer: Chris Crilly With: Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Madeline Ivalu
Evil in the form of a mysterious, unknown shaman enters a small community of nomadic Inuit and upsets its balance and spirit of cooperation. The stranger leaves behind a lingering curse of bitterness and discord. Years pass. Power begins to change when Amaqjuaq, the Strong One, and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner provoke jealousy and rage in their rival, Oki, the leader's ill-tempered son. When Atanarjuat wins away Oki's promised wife-to-be, Oki vows to get even. He plots to murder both brothers while they sleep. Amaqjuaq is killed, but Atanarjuat miraculously escapes, running naked for his life across the spring sea ice. Eluding his pursuers, Atanarjuat is hidden and nursed back to health by an old couple. After an inner struggle to reclaim his spiritual path, Atanarjuat learns to face both natural and supernatural enemies, and heads home to rescue his family. Will he continue the bloody cycle of revenge, or restore harmony to the community?

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Zacharias Kunuk


Chris Crilly


Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Madeline Ivalu


Paul Apak Angilirq

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Norman Cohn


Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn, Marie-Christine Sarda


Paul Apak Angilirq, Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk

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