Still from Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos
Still from Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos

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Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos

by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
A young woman is on a journey to revive the ancient Inuit tradition of face tattooing, an art-form forbidden by the Canadian government for a century and almost forgotten.
2011  ·  50m  ·  Canada
English, French, Inuktitut
English, French, Inuktitut subs
About the Film

TUNNIIT: RETRACING THE LINES OF INUIT TATTOOS is a personal and political documentary from Inuit filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, whose latest film ANGRY INUK has won numerous awards.

For over a century, traditional Inuit face tattoos had been forbidden by the Canadian government and the art-form almost forgotten. Arnaquq-Baril, together with long-time friend and activist Aaju Peter, is determined to uncover the mystery and meaning behind this beautiful and ancient tradition. Together they embark on an adventure through Arctic communities, speaking with elders and recording the stories of a once popularized female art form practiced.

Central to the film is Arnaquq-Baril’s personal debate over whether or not to get tattooed herself. With candour and humour, she welcomes the viewer into her world, to experience firsthand the complex emotions that accompany her struggle. Past meets present in this intimate account of one woman’s journey towards self-empowerment and cultural understanding.

Cinema Politica is the proud distributor of Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos. Visit our distribution catalog to learn more about the licensing options.
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Festivals and Awards
Indigenous World Film Festival, Official Selection
Associate Producer
Charlotte Dewolff
Executive Producer
John Houston
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
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