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  • Own Voice

The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

Director Zacharias Kunuk (Inuk)
Year 2006
Run Time 112min
Genre Drama
An epic tragedy set around Igloolik in the 1920s, as the last great Inuit shaman, Avva, and his headstrong daughter, Apak, struggle to survive encroaching colonial influence. Based on the journals of a Danish explorer who witnessed their story.


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.


Pauloosie Qulitalik (Inuk), Louis Uttak (Inuk), Madeline Piujuq Ivalu (Inuk), Herve Paniaq (Inuk)




BIPOC Stories, History, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, Inuktitut, Other Language

Canadian Distributor