Still from Three Thousand
Still from Three Thousand
 

Three Thousand

by Asinnajaq
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.
2017  ·  14m  ·  Canada
English, French, Inuktitut
About the Film
“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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Festivals and Awards
2017
Camden International Film Festival, Official Selection
2017
ImagineNATIVE, Best Experimental Work
2017
20th Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), Official Selection
2017
California's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival, Official Selection
Editor
Annie Jean
Animator
Patrick Defasten and Jonathan Ng
Sound Editor
Catherine Van Der Donckt
Researcher
Asinnajaq
Soundtrack Composer
Olivier Alary
Translator
Jobie WeetaluktukMylène Augustin
Writer
Asinnajaq
Narration
Assinajaq
Foley Artist
Karla Baumgardner
Illustrations
Naluturuk Weetaluktuk and Tanya Innaarulik
Consultants
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Tanya Tagaq, Geronimo Inutiq and Judith Gruber-Stitzer
Executive Producer
Annette Clarke
Featuring Throat singing by
Tanya Tagaq and Celina Kalluk
Lullaby sung by
Asinnajaq
About the Director

Asinnajaq

Asinnajaq

“With Three Thousand, I wanted to make a film that’s poetic and hopeful as well as enlightening.”
Asinnajaq is a filmmaker and artist whose work is fuelled by respect for human rights, a desire to explore her Inuit heritage, and a sense of wonder in what she calls “the abundant beauty of the world.”

The daughter of filmmaker Jobie Weetaluktuk and university professor Carol Rowan, she was a teenager when she assisted her father on Timuti (2012), a film he made in Inukjuak, home of their extended family. She later studied cinema at NSCAD University in Halifax, and her short film Upinnaqusittik (Lucky) (2016) premiered at iNuit Blanche, the first ever circumpolar arts festival in St. John’s. Her first film with the National Film Board of Canada, the 12-minute-long Three Thousand (2017), combines historic footage of Inuit, selected from the NFB’s archive, and original animation.

 

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