A photomontage of a woman in several different rooms of the same apartment, taken from HIGHRISE, a collaborative multimedia documentary project that examines life in huge high-rise towers in various suburban neighbourhoods around the world. Directed by Katerina Cizek in 2010.


Atanarjuat the Fast Runner

Photo credit: Marie-Hélène Cousineau

Zacharias Kunuk

Paul Apak Angilirq, Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk, Sally Bochner, Germaine Ying Gee Wong

This adaptation of an ancient Inuit legend was filmed in Inuktitut and directed by Inuit filmmakers - making Atanarjuat the first feature film of its kind!

Set in Igloolik, in Nunavut, this is "a powerful drama, not a documentary," reminds the director Kunuk. "It demystifies the exotic, otherwordly aboriginal stereotype by telling a universal story." The clothes, spears, kayaks, sunglasses and dwellings were all painstakingly researched. "We show how our ancestors dressed, how they handled their dog teams, how they argued and laughed.. confronted evil and fought back."

Many enthusiastic viewers have compared this epic story to The Iliad. In the words of one movie critic, "If Homer had been given a video camera, this is what he would have done!"

In Inuktitut, with English subtitles.