Monday, December 16, 2013

Documentary - Vanishing Point (Inuit Culture)

Via documentalka, this is an excellent documentary about the efforts of two Inuit communities to maintain connections to their traditional culture. Official site for the film is here - this is their synopsis:
Navarana is a Polar Eskimo elder who lives in the most remote corner of the planet, the northwest tip of Greenland. She is connected by blood to a group of Canadian Inuit because of a shaman’s migration journey across the frozen Arctic in the 1860s. Today, despite rapid technological and social changes, her people in Greenland proudly maintain and covet age-old customs. But Navarana wonders what life is like for her distant cousins in Arctic Canada. Setting out on hunting journeys in both her homeland and on Canada’s Baffin Island, she discovers that while these two isolated groups of Inuit share much in common, they also present strikingly different lifestyles and practices. At a time when her people are up against vast and inescapable challenges, Navarana looks for the way forward and considers what has been lost and what has been gained. 
Vanishing Point is a POV documentary filmed in an observational, cinema vérité style. Its spoken languages are dialects of Inuktitut. 
Release Date: May, 2012

Vanishing Point

Published on Nov 30, 2013

This feature documentary tells the story of 2 Inuit communities of the circumpolar north one on Canada Baffin Island, the other in Northwest Greenland that are linked by a migration led by an intrepid shaman. Navarana, an Inughuit elder and descendant of the shaman, draws inspiration and hope from the ties that still bind the 2 communities to face the consequences of rapid social and environmental change.

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