Atanarjuat/The Fast Runner
Director: Zacharias Kunuk (Inuit)
Producer: Zacharias Kunuk (Inuit), Norman Cohn, Paul Apak Angilirq (Inuit), Germaine Wong
Author: Paul Apak Angilurq (Inuit) (1954-1998)
Produced by: Igloolik Isuma Productions
Publication date: 2001
Duration: 172 min., 35mm
Language: Inuktitut with English and French subtitles.
Igloolik is a community of 1200 people located on a small island in the north Baffin region of the Canadian Arctic with archeological evidence of 4000 years of continuous habitation. Throughout these millennia, with no written language, untold numbers of nomadic Inuit renewed their culture and traditional knowledge for every generation entirely through storytelling.
Our film Atanarjuat is part of this continuous stream of oral history carried forward into the new millennium through a marriage of Inuit storytelling skills and new technology.
Atanarjuat is Canada’s first feature-length fiction film written, produced, directed, and acted by Inuit. An exciting action thriller set in ancient Igloolik, the film unfolds as a life-threatening struggle between powerful natural and supernatural characters.
Atanarjuat gives international audiences a more authentic view of Inuit culture and oral tradition than ever before, from the inside and through Inuit eyes.
For countless generations, Igloolik elders have kept the legend of Atanarjuat alive to teach young Inuit the danger of setting personal desire above the needs of the group.
The tale of making the film is itself made up of many stories…