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Three Thousand

Asinnajaq / Canada / 2017 / 14 ' / Inuktitut - English - French

Credits

Annie Jean
Asinnajaq
Patrick Defasten
Jonathan Ng
Catherine Van Der Donckt
Olivier Alary
Jobie Weetaluktuk
Mylène Augustin
Asinnajaq
Featuring Throat singing by Tanya Tagaq & Celina Kalluk
Lullaby sung by Asinnajaq
Narration: Assinajaq
Foley Artist: Karla Baumgardner
Illustrations: Naluturuk Weetaluktuk, Tanya Innaarulik
Consultants: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Tanya Tagaq, Geronimo Inutiq, Judith Gruber-Stitzer
Executive Producer: Annette Clarke

Links & Reviews

Awards & Festivals

Official Selection, Camden International Film Festival 2017
Best Experimental Work, ImagineNATIVE 2017
Official Selection, 20th Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)
Official Selection, California's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival 2017

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Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime universe of luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recast the past, present and future of Inuit in a radiant new light.

Synopsis

“My father was born in a spring igloo—half snow, half skin. I was born in a hospital, with jaundice and two teeth.”

With quiet command, the young Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe—12 minutes of luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recast the past, present and future of Inuit in a radiant new light.

Delving into the NFB’s vast archive, she casts a net across the complicated history of Inuit cinematic representation, harvesting fleeting truths and fortuitous accidents from a range of sources—newsreels, propaganda, ethnographic docs, as well as work by Inuit filmmakers.

Two Inuit children peer with startling immediacy through a colonial lens. Decades later, other children hastily look away from an intrusive camera. Later still, Asinnajaq’s own grandmother fashions sea lyme grass into a basket, at ease under the tender gaze of documentarian Jobie Weetaluktuk, the director’s father.

Part conjuror, part seamstress, Asinnajaq fuses contemporary sensibilities with the economic aesthetic of her ancestors, overlaying a quilt of hand-drawn and CGI animation with shimmering fragments of historic moving image. In reimagining the archive for a new century, she looks to a future of vast and beautiful possibility.

 

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