One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk

Zacharias Kunuk | Dramatic Feature
Inuktitut| Canada | 2019 | 121 min

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 7:00pm
Opening Night Gala: One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

In 2011, Zacharias Kunuk changed the way audiences perceived the Inuit, the north, and documentaries as a genre with his first feature film Atanarjuat The Fast Runner. The film played opening night eighteen years ago, capturing a new kind of story rich in distinct visual language carrying complex cultural information. The film won best feature film at the Festival that year. We are ecstatic that Kunuk's recent film One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk will ground audiences again exceptional Inuit storytelling.

Kapuivik, north Baffin Island, 1961. Noah Piugattuk's nomadic Inuit band live and hunt by dogteam, just as his ancestors did when he was born in 1900. When the white man known as Boss arrives in camp, what appears as a chance meeting soon opens up the prospect of momentous change.


Zacharias Kunuk (Inuit) is a renowned filmmaker whose award-winning feature films include Atanarjuat The Fast Runner (2001), The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006), and Maliglutit (Searchers) (2016). He has produced and directed several award-winning short dramas and over a dozen documentaries and was the executive producer on SGaawaay K'uuna (Edge of the Knife) the world's first Haida-language film. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005, and recently received the Order of Nunavut in 2019. Zach and the Isuma collective representative Canada at the 58th Biennale di Venezia, with One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk as its central video installation, along with a new live documentaries series called Silakut Live from the Floe Edge.