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Qapirangajuq (Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change)
dir. Zacharias Kunuk, Ian Mauro
Canada (Nunavut), 2010, 55 minutes
Inuktitut with English sub-titles

International Polar Film Festival
Cinéma Impérial, Montréal, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 7:00 pm
Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk (ATANARJUAT THE FAST RUNNER) and researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (SEEDS OF CHANGE) have teamed up with Inuit communities to document their knowledge and experience regarding climate change. This documentary, the world’s first Inuktitut language film on the topic, takes the viewer “on the land” with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic. This unforgettable film helps us to appreciate Inuit culture and expertise regarding environmental change and indigenous ways of adapting to it.

Exploring centuries of Inuit knowledge, allowing the viewer to learn about climate change first-hand from Arctic residents themselves, the film portrays Inuit as experts regarding their land and wildlife and makes it clear that climate change is a human rights issue affecting this ingenious Indigenous culture. Hear stories about Arctic melting and how Inuit believe that human and animal intelligence are key to adaptability and survival in a warming world.

Filmmakers Zacharias Kunuk and Ian Mauro will be in attendance to speak about the film.

Image: (R to L) Lasalusie Ishulutaq, Zacharias Kunuk, Lucie Idlout, Richard Lavoie (sound), David Poisey (camera). Credit/Copyright: Igloolik Isuma Productions Inc.