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Sol

Susan Avingaq & Marie-Hélène Cousineau / Canada / 2014 / 76 ' / English - Inuktitut / S.T. English

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Jeremiah Hayes
François Dagenais & Edith Labbé
Chris Leon
Oleksa Lozowchuk
Stépahne Rituit & Marie-Hélène Cousineau

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A quiet meditation on the devastation of Inuit suicide, SOL confronts the legacy of colonization and urgently demands justice for Canada's Indigenous Peoples.

Synopsis

Solomon Tapatsiaq Uyarasuk was a charismatic young Inuk – an amateur acrobat, musician and poet. A beautiful soul, tormented by his people’s lot, who died far too young. This film is a stirring tribute to the young man. Starting with a celebration of Sol’s life, which ended suddenly in an RCMP holding cell under suspicious circumstances, the filmmakers shift into an investigative mode, seeking to uncover the tragedy’s causes and its consequences for a small Arctic community. Malaise and social problems, but also the incredible resilience of Inuit, are revealed through the essential struggle against denial and neglect, so that Sol will not have died in vain.

 

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