(Oil Lamp)

Susan Avingaq, Madeline Ivalu, Marie-Hélène Cousineau | CANADA | 1993 | 10 MIN | short documentary

Thursday 19 October 2017 | 1:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
Screening as part of Channel 51 Igloolik


The qulliq is the seal oil lamp and stove of the old days and the only source of light and warmth in the cold months. The women of Arnait tell its story in words and songs as they install the qulliq in their igloo.


Susan Avingaq (Inuk) has been a regular contributor to Arnait since 1991. A renowned seamstress/artist in the Baffin region, she is also active locally in teaching sewing traditions to younger Inuit women.



Madeline Ivalu (Inuk) is one of Arnait's founders, and has been a key contributor since 1991. She co-directed the award-winning Before Tomorrow (2008) and Uvanga (2013), the first and second Arnait feature-length films.


Marie-Hélène Cousineau moved to Igloolik in 1991 and, with Madeline Ivalu and Mary Kunuk, established Arnait Video Productions to teach filmmaking to women in Igloolik. She is co-producer and co-director of Arnait’s groundbreaking features Before Tomorrow, Uvanga and SOL.