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WATERLOO: The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (the Movie) - Aboriginal Film Series @ Laurier

Part of Tracking Shots: Aboriginal Cinema
Mar 14/14

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Date: Mar 14/14
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Location: BA201, Bricker Academic Building, Waterloo Campus
Cost: FREE

The Laurier free film series presents “Tracking Shots: Aboriginal Cinema.” The six-part series is open to the community and begins Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Bricker Academic Building, room 201, on Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus.  

The series is presented by Laurier’s Department of English and Film Studies, in partnership with the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, the WLU Film Society, the Dean of Arts Office, and the Department of Religion and Culture. Each film in the series will be introduced by a Laurier faculty member, student or special guest.

“The Aboriginal film series is an unprecedented collaboration among several different campus groups,” said Russell Kilbourn, associate professor and film studies coordinator. “The films themselves are an eclectic mix of art and commercial film, documentary and biopic – together representing the variety of cinematic perspectives on Aboriginal issues and identities.”  

“Laurier’s Office of Aboriginal Initiatives seeks not only to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for Aboriginal students, but it also seeks to provide all Laurier students with opportunities to enhance their understanding of Canada by providing Aboriginal education,” said Jean Becker, Senior Advisor: Office of Aboriginal Initiatives. “This film series furthers this education by reflecting the place of Indigenous peoples in the history and landscape of our country.”  

Associate Professor Russell Kilbourn presents The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (Canada 2010, Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn)

The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, is the story of how a small group of Inuit people confronts a changing world. Lead by Avva (Pakak Innuksuk), a powerful shaman, the group is faced with the twin challenges of a weather-induced famine and the arrival of Western culture, in the form of both religion and Greenlandic explore-cultural anthropologist Knud Rasmussen (Jens Jørn Spottag) and his team. Purportedly based on events described in the journals of its title, the film is set in 1912 in the Canadian arctic, moves at an extremely slow pace, and takes place almost entirely in Inuktitut (an ancient language now spoken by fewer than 100,000 people), much of which isn't translated in subtitles. In reality, the film -- the second collaboration from Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn, directors of the award-winning The Fast Runner -- is more a collage of image and sound than it is a traditional narrative feature, and is a challenge well worth audience perseverance.

The series is presented by Laurier’s Department of English and Film Studies, in partnership with the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, the WLU Film Society, the Dean of Arts Office, and the Department of Religion and Culture. 

Contact: Russell Kilbourn
Phone: x2380

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