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Inuuvunga - I Am Inuk, I Am Alive ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB529429
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Pierre Lapointe, Sally Bochner
Directors:  Bobby Echalook, Sarah Idlout, Laura Iqaluk, Linus Kasudluak, Dora Ohaituk, Rita-Lucy Ohaituk, Willia Ningeok, Caroline Ningiuk, Mila Aung-Thwin, Daniel Cross, Brett Gaylor
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Arts, Canadian Social Issues, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2004
Running Time:  57m 40s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Hockey, hip hop, hunting and midnight Ski-Doo rides. Welcome to Inukjuak.

It's the final year of high school for eight teens at Innalik school in this remote town in northern Quebec. Through an initiative of the National Film Board, these eight students have been selected to document this pivotal year of their lives. To teach them some basics, the NFB has dispatched filmmakers Daniel Cross and Mila Aung-Thwin. The result of their collaboration is Inuuvunga, a vibrant and utterly contemporary view of life in Canada's North.

The students use their new film skills to address a broad range of issues, from the widening communication gap with their elders to the loss of their peers to suicide. Throughout, they reveal an unusual and fascinating mix of southern and northern cultures. Kids listen to hip-hop music and engage in traditional fox trapping. A schoolroom floor is the scene of the gutting of a freshly killed seal.

Seamless and startling, Inuuvunga paints a rich portrait of coming of age in an Inuit town and helps to dispel the myths of northern isolation and desolation. Instead, we discover a place where hope and strength overcome struggle.

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