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Lament for the Land

Ashlee Cunsolo Willox / Canada / 2014 / 36 ' / English

Credits

Jenni Welsh
Matthew Burke
Christopher Jones
Rita Anderson
Rigolet Inuit Community Government
Graphics: Vibe Creative Group

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Voices and wisdom of Labrador Inuit tell a powerful story of change, loss, and hope in the context of rapid climate change in the North.

Synopsis

Told through the voices of 24 people from Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Lament for the Land weaves together the voices and wisdom of Labrador Inuit with stunning visual scenery to tell a powerful story of change, loss, and hope in the context of rapid climate change in the North. A collaboration between researcher Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo Willox and the five communities of Nunatsiavut, this film brings attention to some of the most pressing climatic and environmental issues of our time, and the resulting mental, emotional, and cultural impacts on one of Canada’s oldest and most enduring cultures.

This film is, in many ways, a labour of love and devotion to a place, a culture, and a topic.

This film was born from an idea proposed during a Research Team meeting in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Labrador in November 2012. Preliminary footage was shot in November 2012, but full filming began in January 2013. Armed with a small Canon Vixia HD camcorder (chosen for its small size, portability, and ability to withstand cold) and almost zero film experience, Ashlee Cunsolo Willox began the journey of working with people throughout Nunatsiavut to record interviews, shoot scenery and action shots (b-roll), and start to conceptualize a film that would tell the story of the Labrador Inuit and their deep connection to and love of the land.

 

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