Office of Aboriginal Initiatives
WATERLOO: The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (the Movie) - Aboriginal Film Series @ Laurier
Part of Tracking Shots: Aboriginal Cinema
Date: Mar 14/14
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Location: BA201, Bricker Academic Building, Waterloo Campus
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
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