imagineNATIVE Film Festival

Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos

2010, Canada, 50 min, HDCAM, PG
English and Inuktitut with English subtitles
Director: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Ontario Premiere

Presented as part of:
Oct 23 2011, 2:15PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2

Inuit traditional face tattoos have been forbidden for a century, and almost forgotten. Director Alethea Arnaquq- Baril, together with long-time friend and activist Aaju Peter, is determined to uncover the mystery and meaning behind this beautiful ancient tradition. Together they embark on an adventure through Arctic communities, speaking with elders and recording the stories of a once popularized female artform. Central to the film is Arnaquq-Barilís personal debate over whether or not to get tattood herself. With candour and humour, she welcomes us into her world, to experience firsthand the complex emotions that accompany her struggle. Past meets present in this intimate account of one womanís journey towards self-empowerment and cultural understanding.
Based in Iqaluit, Nunavut, filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (Inuk) previously co-produced the documentary feature Experimental Eskimos. Her short films Inuit High Kick and Lumaajuuq played at imagineNATIVE 2010 , where Lumaajuuq was awarded Best Canadian Short Drama. She is currently developing a documentary about the anti-sealing movement entitled Angry Inuk.

Print Source:

Unikkaat Studios Inc.
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
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