Still from Inuit Cree Reconciliation
Still from Inuit Cree Reconciliation
 

Inuit Cree Reconciliation

by Zacharias Kunuk & Neil Diamond
Zacharias Kunuk and Neil Diamond team up to research the events and historical impacts of an 18th century war between Inuit and Cree in Northern Québec.
2013  ·  46m  ·  Canada
Cree, English, Inuktitut
English subs
About the Film
In the documentary film INUIT CREE RECONCILIATION, Zacharias Kunuk (Inuit) and Neil Diamond (Cree) team up to research the events and historical impacts of an 18th century war between Inuit and Cree in Northern Québec. Following the Peace Celebration Event held at Nastapoka River in Nunavik by a small group of Inuit and Cree in the summer of 2011, the filmmakers interview Inuit and Cree Elders in the side-by-side communities of Kuujjuarapik and Whapmagootsui in an attempt to better understand the long and bloody conflict between the two nations and its impact on people today. 
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Festivals and Awards
2011
imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, World Premiere
In the Press
Review
The Globe and Mail
Editor
Jonathan Franz
Cinematographer
David Poisey
Producer
Zacharias Kunuk and Stéphane Rituit
Production Company
Kingulliit Productions
Executive Producer
Norman Cohn
Writer
Norman Cohn and Ron Sheshamuch
About the Director

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond is a Cree filmmaker based in Montreal, Quebec, born and raised in Waskaganish, Quebec. Working with Rezolution Pictures, Diamond has directed the documentary films Reel Injun, The Last Explorer, One More River, Heavy Metal: A Mining Disaster in Northern Quebec and Cree Spoken Here, along with three seasons of DAB IYIYUU, a series for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network about Cree elders. In the 2008 docudrama The Last Explorer, Diamond explored the story of his great-uncle George Elson, a Cree guide who helped to map Labrador as part of an ill-fated 1903 expedition with Leonidas Hubbard and Dillon Wallace, and a return voyage in 1905 with Hubbard’s widow Mina Hubbard. As of April 2011, Diamond is developing a project with Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk about the 18th conflict between Cree and Inuit, which lasted almost a century.

 

Zacharias Kunuk

Zacharias Kunuk

Born in Kapuivik in the eastern Canadian Arctic, filmmaker, artist, and hunter Zacharias Kunuk (Inuit) spent his childhood summers traveling and hunting with his family and his winters going to school in Igloolik, where his family were involuntarily settled when Kunuk was nine years old. Originally working as a successful soapstone carver, Kunuk purchased a video camera in 1981 and the next year joined the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation in Igloolik, where he was senior producer and station manager when he left in 1991. During his final years there, he also worked as an independent producer.

In 1985 he began a collaboration with video artist Norman Cohn to produce independent videos, such as Qaggiq/Gathering Place, that launched the filmmaking approach that Kunuk has stayed with, working closely within his own community with community actors whose own sense of history and story infuse their work with the filmmaker. In 1991 Kunuk and Cohn founded Igloolik Isuma Productions with Paulossie Qulitalik and Paul Apak Angilirq (who also wrote Atanarjuat/The Fast Runner) with the intention of creating independent media-based projects to preserve and represent Inuit culture and language and to draw from talent in Igloolik and the region.

Kunuk’s first feature film, Atanarjuat/The Fast Runner, is a milestone in the development of an independent indigenous cinema. In 2001, it won the Camera d’Or for Best First Feature at the Cannes film Festival and six Genie awards in Canada, including for Best Picture and Best Director. Epic in scope, the film powerfully portrays a traditional Inuit tale concerned with love, murderous jealousy, magic, and survival. It is the first film in Canada to be produced in an aboriginal language and the first film produced in the Inuktitut language. For his achievements, in 2002 Kunuk was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Atanarjuat is part of a trilogy produced by Isuma to depict first contact in the area of Igloolik. Journals of Knud Rasmussen, his second feature, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. The third film, Before Tomorrow (d. Marie-Helene Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu (Inuit)) was executive produced by Kunuk and Cohn. It is the first feature to be written and directed by Arnait Video Productions, a women’s collective based in Igloolik. Before Tomorrow was nominated for nine Genie Awards including Best Picture and Best Director.

Kunuk and Cohn also produced the short film Tungijuq, which won Best Short Drama at the 2009 imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival and screened at Sundance. Most recently Kunuk joined with researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro to co-direct the film Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change, which documents the knowledge and experience of the Inuit hunting communities who speak from the front line of environmental changes in the 21st century.

 

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