Program 5

  • AMC Van Ness 14 1000 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA, 94109 United States

OGRESS OF THE GRAVELBANK

DIRECTOR: Neil Christopher 

ANIMATION • 3m  •CANADA

Inuit oral history is filled with strange beings and supernatural creatures. One of these feared land spirits is the Ogress of the Gravelbank. This cruel being was known to lure children into her lair and trap them there. All that perish in that cave remain there as spirits and animated corpses.


LITTLE FOLK OF THE ARCTIC

DIRECTOR: Neil Christopher 

ANIMATION • 4m • CANADA 

NOMINATED for BEST ANIMATION

In the folklore of most cultures around the world there are stories of magical little folk. And the Arctic is no exception. Inuit traditional knowledge is filled with references to many different races and tribes of little folk. These beings always try to avoid human encounters, but over the years Inuit hunters and shaman have gathered stories and experiences to help us understand these small inhabitants.


THE OWL AND THE LEMMING

DIRECTOR: Roselynn Akulukjuk

ANIMATION • 4m • Canada

NOMINATED for BEST ANIMATION

The oral history of Inuit is filled with many folktales, legends, and myths. In this traditional story, a young owl catches a lemming to eat. Inuit stories are often instructive, and with this fable, children quickly learn the value of being clever and humble, and why pride and arrogance are to be avoided.   This short puppet film utilizes composited photographs and a set made with actual Arctic plants and lichen to create an authentic retelling of this ancient Arctic fable. This short film provides a glimpse of traditional Inuit values and beliefs.


HARVEST: QUYURCIQ

DIRECTOR: Andre Lewis, Michael Dempster 

DOCUMENTARY SHORT • 20m • USA

Yup'ik fur sewer and hunter Peter Williams is among a handful of young Natives today whose professional, cultural and spiritual lives are seamlessly interwoven. In a poetically just twist, he harvests and crafts the fur of the same marvelous animal that motivated Russia's colonization of Alaska over 250 years ago: the sea otter. Colonial desire for otter furs brought multi-generational trauma to Alaska's indigenous peoples, and near-extinction to the otters themselves. But with otter populations revitalized in Southeast Alaska today, the respectful and sustainable harvest of these creatures keeps coastal Natives healthy, empowered, and inherently connected to Place. The film documents Peter's efforts to perpetuate the practice of sea otter harvest among increasingly-mainstreamed Alaska Native youth, and to clear up misconceptions among the non-Native public about Native ties to marine mammals.


IQALUIT

DIRECTOR: Benoit Pilon

FEATURE • 108 m • Canada 

CAST: Marie-Josée Croze, François Papineau, Natar Ungalaaq, Sébastien Huberdeau, Christine Tootoo, Paul Nutarariaq

NOMINATED for BEST DIRECTOR, BEST FILM, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Trailer

Travelling to the Arctic for the first time, Carmen arrives in Iqaluit to tend to her husband, Gilles, a construction worker who has been seriously injured. Trying to get to the bottom of what happened, she strikes up a friendship with Noah, Gilles' Inuk friend, and realizes they share a similar story. Together, Carmen and Noah head out on the Frobisher Bay - she, looking for answers to her questions; he, trying to stop his son from committing what can't be undone.


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