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Kivitoo: What They Thought of Us

Zacharias Kunuk (Inuk)
Canada | 2018 | 43 min | Inuktitut with English Subtitles | Documentary Feature | Toronto Premiere

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Co-Presented by:
Toronto Inuit Association
Toronto's Inuit Youth
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

Sun Oct 21 11:30 AM
TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3

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In 1962 three men died in a tragic accident in the Inuit community of Kivitoo. Only three days after their burial - when the community was still in deep mourning - the RCMP arrived and forced everyone to move to a camp in Qikittajuaaq. The RCMP promised that the community would be allowed to return to Kivitoo and that the forced relocation was only a temporary measure. When the community was finally able to return they found that their homes and all of their possessions had been burned and bulldozed. Celebrated filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk visits the old settlement of Kivitoo with the last surviving members of the camp, giving them an opportunity to have their heartbreaking story finally heard, a story of involuntary displacement that is all too common for Inuit across the Arctic.

Born in Kapuivik in the eastern Canadian Arctic, filmmaker, artist, and hunter Zacharias Kunuk spent his childhood summers traveling and hunting with his family and his winters going to school in Igloolik, where his family were involuntarily settled when Kunuk was nine years old

Kunuk’s epic film Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner) won the Caméra d'Or Golden Camera at Cannes as well as six Genie Awards, including Best Motion Picture. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005 and is a voting member of the Academy Awards.