On view Winter 2020
Featured are two films by the artist collective Isuma of Canada. One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk is based on true events and follows an Inuk hunter over the course of one day in 1961, when he is approached by an official from the Canadian government and encouraged to give up his traditional Inuit lifestyle in favor of an assimilated Western existence. Kivitoo: What They Thought of Us offers a documentary perspective on the history of Kivitoo, an Inuit community on Baffin Island whose residents were evacuated in the 1950s due to a temporary safety concern, but then were never able to return. Following the incident, the town was fully demolished by authorities for reasons that have never been publicly confirmed. Isuma (meaning “to think” in Inuktitut) is Canada’s first Inuit production company, an artist collective co-founded by Zacharias Kunuk, Paul Apak Angilirq and Norman Cohn in 1990.