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Kivitoo: What They Thought of Us

Zacharias Kunuk / Canada / 2018 / 43 ' / Inuktitut / S.T. English

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A heartbreaking and shocking story of involuntary displacement, one that is all too common for Inuit across the Arctic.

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In 1962 three men died in a tragic accident in the Inuit community of Kivitoo. Only three days after their burial - when the community was still in deep mourning - the RCMP arrived and forced everyone to move to a camp in Qikittajuaaq. The RCMP promised that the community would be allowed to return to Kivitoo and that the forced relocation was only a temporary measure. When the community was finally able to return they found that their homes and all of their possessions had been burned and bulldozed. Celebrated filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk visits the old settlement of Kivitoo with the last surviving members of the camp, giving them an opportunity to have their heartbreaking story finally heard, a story of involuntary displacement that is all too common for Inuit across the Arctic.

 

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