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The Hunters (Asivaqtiin)

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Released in 1977, this beautifully paced short was photographed, directed, edited and narrated by Mosha Michael — one of Canada’s first Inuk filmmakers. Michael offers a first-hand account of a three-week Arctic hunting excursion, a rehabilitative trip undertaken by young offenders from Baffin Correctional Centre, Ikajurtauvik (Inuktitut for a place where help is received) and their families. Dropping anchor at various points throughout Frobisher Bay, they fish for cod, hunt for seal and caribou, and renew family and community ties. Shooting on a Super 8 camera and providing his own narration, Michael crafts an engaging document of Inuk life in the 1970s. An original score features music and songs in Inuktitut by Kowmageak Arngnakolak and Michael himself.

1977, 13 min 17 s