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Land of the Long Day

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During the short Arctic summer on Baffin Island, the native Inuit enjoys four months of continuous daylight. But it is no time for relaxation, for provision must be made for the long, cold winter night ahead. In this film Idlouk, an Inuit hunter, tells of his life in this northern land. We watch as he stalks the seal so vital to his existence, and as he and other hunters set out in kayaks to harpoon the white whale and the narwhal. At camp we meet his wife, children and aged parents, each of whom has work to do in the unceasing struggle for survival in this harsh land.

1952, 37 min 57 s

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Grand Prize
International Short Film Festival
June 3 to 9 1957, La Spezia - Italy

Gulf of Salerno Grand Trophy
Annual Documentary Film Festival
November 19 to 25 1956, Salerno - Italy

Diploma of Honour
International Sports Film Festival
February 27 to March 4 1956, Cortina d'Ampezzo - Italy

First Award - Silver Medal - Category: Documentary
International Film Festival
August 1 1954, Durban - South-Africa

Golden Reel Award - First Prize - Category: Geography and Travel
Annual Golden Reel Film Festival - Film Council of America
April 1 to 3 1954, Chicago - USA

Honourable Mention
Annual Robert J. Flaherty Film Awards (City College Institute of Film Techniques)
April 1 1953, New York - USA