Museum to show award-winning Inuit film, Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner), during AFN
October 08, 2002
(Editors: images are available for download from www.isuma.tv/atanarjuat)
The Anchorage Museum of History and Art will host a special engagement screening of the film Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner) during AFN week. This award-winning, critically acclaimed film is based on an ancient Inuit legend set in the Arctic at the dawn of the first millennium. It tells the story of how evil, in the form of an unknown shaman, divides a small community of nomadic Inuit, upsetting its balance and spirit. Show times follow:
Sunday, Oct. 20, at 7 pm
Monday, Oct. 21, at 2 pm and 7 pm
Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 10 am and 2 pm
Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10 am and 2 pm
Thursday, Oct. 24, at 10 am and 2pm
Friday, Oct 25, At 10 am and 2 pm
Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10 am and 2 pm
Sunday, Oct 27, at 7pm
Inuit storytelling is one of the world's oldest living art forms. For countless generations, Igloolik (a community located on a small island in the north Baffin region of the Canadian Arctic) elders have kept the legend of Atanarjuat alive through oral history to teach young Inuit the dangers of setting personal desire above the needs of the group. The film is told in the Inuit language with English subtitles and is performed by an all-Inuit cast.
Atanarjuat has been called by critics "An astonishing epic film" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times) and "A fascinating cultural document" (Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail). It won the Camera D'Or at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.
Igloolik artists and elders handmade all costumes, props and sets for the film, drawing both on Inuit oral history and traditional knowledge, and the journals of Admiral William Parry's British naval expedition to Igloolik in 1822-23. Using sketches from Parry's journals and elders' memories, the filmmakers reconstructed the authentic look and feel of nomadic Inuit life pre-dating first contact with European cultures.
"The Anchorage Museum is proud to present Atanarjuat during AFN. We made a special effort to acquire the film for AFN so that attendees and those who are in town from the villages can see it who may not be able to otherwise," says museum Director Pat Wolf.
The film (which has an 'R' rating) is included with museum admission: $6.50 for adults, $6 for seniors, free for children 17 and under. Admission is free for museum members.
For more information, call 343-4326.