Still from Sol
Still from Sol
 

Sol

by Susan Avingaq & Marie-Hélène Cousineau
A quiet meditation on the devastation of Inuit suicide, SOL confronts the legacy of colonization and urgently demands justice for Canada's Indigenous Peoples.
2014  ·  1h16m  ·  Canada
English, Inuktitut
English subs
About the Film
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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In the Press
Review
CBC
Editor
Jeremiah Hayes
Cinematographer
François Dagenais and Edith Labbé
Producer
Stépahne Rituit and Marie-Hélène Cousineau
Sound Recorder
Chris Leon and Oleksa Lozowchuk
Production Company
Arnait Video Productions
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About the Director

Susan Avingaq

Susan Avingaq is a director, art director and set designer in film based out of Iglulik, NU. Avingaq has worked extensively with Isuma Productions and Arnait Video Productions, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Avingaq is also a children’s author and a talented seamstress and artist who actively teaches sewing. Avingaq has been nominated for and won many awards for her films and work in the Nunavut arts sector.

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Marie-Hélène Cousineau

MARIE-HÉLÈNE COUSINEAU
MARIE-HÉLÈNE COUSINEAU

Born in Montreal, Marie-Hélène Cousineau is a filmmaker. She received an MFA in communication studies and production from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and an MA in art history from the Université du Québec à Montréal, and has taught at different colleges and at Concordia University in Montreal. She is known for her thoughtful, feminist and cross-cultural work, either in drama or documentaries.

In 1990 Marie-Hélène Cousineau moved to Igloolik, Nunavut, where she was integral to the development of women’s video and film production of this Arctic region. In 1991, she founded the Tarriaksuk Video Centre with Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn, and established Arnait Video Productions, with Madeline Ivalu and Susan Avingaq. The films coming out of this organization have been seen around the world for the last 25 years in musuems, art galleries, broadcasters and film festivals.

With Madeline Ivalu she co-directed her first feature Before Tomorrow, an historical drama set in 1840’s and based on a novel by acclaimed Danish writer Jorn Riel. The film won the CITY-TV Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival 2008 and many other Canadian awards.

Her installation Perdre et Retrouver le Nord (Coming Home and Loosing Touch) was presented at la Berlinale in 2013 (Forum Expended) and at the opening of Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto. In 2014, the film SOL, co-directed with Susan Avingaq, won the Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature at Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal , was selected by TIFF in their Top Ten Canadian Films 2015 and won the Best Documentary Screen Award in Toronto 2016. The film is a poignant investigation about the death of a young Inuit artist and sheds light on the underlying social issues of Canada’s North that have resulted in its high suicide rate.

In 2014 she was awarded the Birks Diamond Tribute Women in Film at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2019 she produced and directed Restless River, her 5th feature, based on a novel by Canadian iconic writer, Gabrielle Roy.

She lives in Montreal. She is available for writing, directing and producing.

 

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