Saniqquttut: Arctic Passing
Start date: 30 June, 2016
End date: 10 January, 2017
This 43-minute experimental documentary video on the changing social and ecological conditions in Canada’s Arctic features archival and current images of people, landscapes, and wildlife of the North, blended and braided together in surprising, beautiful, and revealing ways. With limited narration, the messages are conveyed through the words of Inuit Elders and youth, and special spoken word performances created for this film. Current, historic, and traditional Inuit music will be intertwined with and transformed into new symphonic music. The film is based on the theme “The Passing Arctic,” a theme that is multi-faceted with several layers of understanding.
Nature of the Project Reach
The film will be submitted for broadcast to APTN and other appropriate Canadian broadcasters. To increase public access, the film will be launched in early January 2017 as part of Ottawa’s celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday, and be screened in many public venues and film festivals after the formal launch. There will be a special screening to launch the film at the Canadian Museum of Nature and/or Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa. Another screening may be held at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec.
This documentary will showcase Canada's Arctic, the wildlife and landscapes and the changes that are impacting them. It will also recognize and honour the Inuit of Canada’s North from both the traditional and historical perspective, and the modern way of life including the unique urban Inuit population of Ottawa.
With confirmed start-up funding from the City of Ottawa's 2016 Arts Funding Program, our needs now are for continued collaboration with Ottawa-based Inuit groups during the production phase. We also have a need for additional funding for post-production costs.