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Angakusajaujuq – The Shaman’s Apprentice

Director Zacharias Kunuk (Inuk)
Year 2021
Run Time 20min
Genre Animation
In this gorgeous stop-motion animation, a young Inuk woman follows her shaman grandmother to investigate a community member’s mysterious illness.


Zacharias Kunuk (Inuk)

In 2015, Atanarjuat was selected as TIFF’s number one Canadian film of all time. Kunuk has directed shorts such as Exile and Home and features such as Maliglutit, which won the CSAs for best film and screenplay. He recently directed the series Hunting With My Ancestors and executive produced SGaawaay K'uuna (Edge of the Knife). His latest feature, One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk, premiered at TIFF 2019. Most recently, he directed the short The Shaman’s Apprentice, which won the CSA for Best Animated Short among other awards at festivals worldwide.


Jonathan Frantz, Zacharias Kunuk (Inuk)


Madeline Piujuq Ivalu (Inuk), Jacky Qrunnut, Lucy Tulugarjuk (Inuk)


Neil Christopher (Inuk), Jonathan Frantz, Zacharias Kunuk (Inuk), Nadia Mike




BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker, Strong Female Leads

Original Languages

English, Inuktitut