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The Last Days of Okak

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Only grass-covered ruins remain of the once-thriving town of Okak, an Inuit settlement on the northern Labrador coast. Moravian missionaries evangelized the coast and encouraged the growth of Inuit settlements, but it was also a Moravian ship that brought the deadly Spanish influenza during the world epidemic of 1919. The Inuit of the area were decimated, and Okak was abandoned. Through diaries, old photos and interviews with survivors, this film relates the story of the epidemic, with its accompanying horrors, as well as examining the relations between the natives and the missionairies.

1985, 23 min 48 s

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Award of Excellence for Direction
FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival
October 22 to 25 1986, Halifax - Canada