Vernon Film Society

ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF NOAH PIUGATTAUK

Wednesday, January 22

Director: Zacharias Kunuk
Featuring:Apayata Kotierk, Kim Bodnia, Benjamin Kunuk
Year: 2019
Runtime: 112 minute
Country: Canada
Language: Inuktitut with English subtitles
Rating: Not yet rated

In April 1961, John Kennedy is America’s new President, the Cold War heats up in Berlin and nuclear bombers are deployed from bases in arctic Canada. In Kapuivik, north Baffin Island, Noah Piugattuk’s nomadic Inuit band live and hunt by dog team as his ancestors did when he was born in 1900. When the white man known as Boss arrives at Piugattuk’s hunting camp, what appears as a chance meeting soon opens up the prospect of momentous change. Boss is an agent of the government, assigned to get Piugattuk to move his band to settlement housing and send his children to school so they can get jobs and make money. But Kapuivik is Piugattuk’s homeland. He takes no part in the Canadian experience; and cannot imagine what his children would do with money.

“The real-time effect... is compelling as its languor and its repetitions gradually reveal the deep cultural misunderstanding that is going on.” - Globe and Mail

“The film flips the colonial narrative on its head by showing the exchange - full of mistranslations, jokes in Inuktitut that go untranslated and misunderstandings - through an Inuit lens.” - NOW Toronto

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