Despite being shot on digital video, Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner) (2002) is epic - even Shakespearean - in scope, culminating in an astounding 20-minute sequence as Atanarjuat races naked across melting ice floes, pursued by the murderous Oki. Atanarjuat regains his spiritual strength, revenges his brother's death and brings harmony back to the tribe.
An authentic recreation by director Zacharias KUNUK of an oral tale told over thousands of years, the film demystifies Aboriginal stereotypes by telling a powerful, universal story. When it premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, Kunuk won the Caméra D'Or, an award given to first-time directors. It also won the Best Canadian Feature Film Award at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival and later five Genie Awards, including best picture, director and screenplay.
Author WYNDHAM WISE
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Igloolik Isuma Productions Inc.
Video clips from feature films, documentaries, and other productions offer an intimate introduction to Inuit culture. Includes films by Zacharias Kunuk, co-founder of Igloolik Isuma Productions, Canada’s first Inuit-owned independent production company. Also provides learning aids for students and their teachers.
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
View promotional stills and a synopsis of the feature film "Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner," directed by Zacharias Kunuk. From the website for the National Film Board of Canada.