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NFB's landmark Inuit film project Unikkausivut comes to Toronto

Press release


Toronto, January 12, 2012 – The NFB Mediatheque in Toronto will be featuring the National Film Board of Canada’s landmark Inuit audiovisual legacy project Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories from January 14 to February 2, with screenings, workshops and discussions at 150 John Street.

The Inuit have a long and vibrant tradition of passing tales and legends down from one generation to the next using visual arts and storytelling, while the NFB has been documenting life in the Arctic for decades. Unikkausivut brings together 70 years of NFB films by and about Inuit, drawn from more than 110 titles—the most important collection of Inuit films in the world.

The Mediatheque’s Unikkausivut events are being presented in partnership with the Museum of Inuit Art.

Unikkausivut is also available as a DVD box set and online at nfb.ca/unikkausivut, and is being distributed to over 50 Inuit communities across the North. Until January 31, visitors at the NFB Mediatheque will be able to save 10% on the purchase of this two-volume box set.

Unikkausivut was produced by the NFB in collaboration with the Inuit Relations Secretariat of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and the Government of Nunavut, Department of Education, with the support of Inuit organizations.

An Arctic Odyssey for kids, January 14

The Mediatheque will kick off this special series with “Arctic Odyssey,” a children’s workshop on Saturday, January 14 at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Kids can bring some of their favourite Arctic friends to life in a hands-on 3D animation workshop inspired by real-life Inuit sculpture and clothing, take part in traditional Inuit children’s games and help build a life-sized igloo in the NFB’s Interactive Lounge.

There’ll also be screenings of animated and live-action films from Unikkausivut at 2:30 p.m., where kids can learn more about Inuit legends and traditions.

There’s a $5 per child charge for the “Arctic Odyssey” workshop, with accompanying adults admitted free. Call 416-973-3012 or e-mail nfbmediathequeonf@nfb.ca to register. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled workshop to secure your spot.

Inspired by the classic NFB film How to Build an Igloo―included in Unikkausivut, and one of the NFB’s most popular films online―the “How to Build an Igloo” free drop-in activity is open to all during Mediatheque business hours through the end of January. Cameras in the Interactive Lounge will capture the action and edited pixilation films will be posted on the Mediatheque Facebook page at facebook.com/MediathequeToronto.

Free Favourites at Four: January 18 and 25

Each Wednesday afternoon, the NFB Mediatheque presents favourite NFB titles on the big screen for free―the perfect midweek break and an easy way to catch up on NFB classics. On January 18 and 25, Free Favourites at Four will feature a selection of short works from Unikkausivut at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.:

January 18
·     Canada Vignettes: June in Povungnituk, Alanis Obomsawin
·     Islet, Nicholas Brault
·     Northern Games, Ken Buck
·     Nunavut Animation Lab: The Bear Facts, Jonathan Wright

January 25
·    Canada Vignettes: June in Povungnituk, Alanis Obomsawin
·    Kamik, Elise Swerhone
·    The Last Days of Okak, Nigel Markham

Screening and panel discussion, January 26

Join special guests for a free screening and discussion about the landmark Unikkausivut project on January 26 at 7 p.m. Titles presented:
·     Canada Vignettes: June in Povungnituk, Alanis Obomsawin
·     Canada Vignettes: Vignettes from Labrador North, Roger Hart
·     Silapiqujippat ( If the Weather Permits), Elisapie Isaac
·     Nunavut Animation Lab: The Bear Facts, Jonathan Wright

Ciné-jeudi, February 2

The Mediatheque is also presenting Inuit-themed programming at Ciné-jeudi, its regular series of free French-language screenings on the first Thursday of every month. On February 2, the Mediatheque will offer screenings from the francophone version of the collection, Unikkausivut: Transmettre nos histoires, starting at 7:30 p.m.
·     Canada vignettes: Povungnituk au mois de juin – Arctique québécois, Alanis Obomsawin
·     Kamik, Elise Swerhone
·     Martha qui vient du froid ( Martha of the North), Marquise Lepage

The February 2 screenings are in French without English subtitles.

More about Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories

On DVD, Unikkausivut is a two-volume box set of three discs each, featuring 24 new or classic NFB Inuit films. Canadians also have access to more than 40 films online, at nfb.ca/unikkausivut, where they can stream films free of charge, including new titles from the NFB’s Nunavut Animation Lab project and Stories from Our Land collection. Users are able to access news about Inuit productions and NFB development initiatives in the North and purchase films to download. With over 110 documentary and animated films by and about Inuit, the NFB will be adding more films online on a regular basis.

Films in Unikkausivut are available in English, French and Inuktitut, versioned in the Inuit dialects of each of the four regions in which they were made. An advisory committee comprised of representatives from key Inuit organizations has helped to ensure that Unikkausivut reflects the interests of all Inuit regions. Project development advisors are Martha Flaherty, Peter Irniq and Zebedee Nungak.

About the NFB

Canada’s public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, social-issue documentaries, auteur animation and alternative dramas that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is developing the entertainment forms of the future in groundbreaking interactive productions, while pioneering new directions in 3D stereoscopic film, community-based media, and more. It works in collaboration with emerging and established filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Over 2,000 NFB productions can be streamed online, at the NFB.ca Screening Room as well as via partnerships with the world’s leading video portals, while the NFB’s growing family of apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV delivers the experience of cinema to Canadians everywhere.

The NFB Mediatheque is a one-of-a-kind multimedia facility in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District, a centre for media literacy and a public access point for films from the NFB and around the world. We offer over 5,000 NFB titles on digital viewing stations, screenings of great films in our theatre, educational workshops, special events and a boutique with NFB DVDs to buy or rent. For more information, visit nfb.ca/mediatheque or call 416-973-3012.



Jennifer Mair, NFB Publicist
Tel: 416-954-2045
Cell: 416-436-0105
E-mail: j.mair@nfb.ca

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications
Tel. 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca