Inuit Film Odyssey, Kiviuq, to Debut on APTN
by admin ~ January 24th, 2007
This January (27th, 28th, and 30th), Kiviuq, the fourth feature of Cape Dorset filmmaker John Houston will debut on APTN. Filmed in Iqualiut with a budget of $900,000, Kiviuq features Pond Inlet actor Jason Akoluk and Nunavut drummers, dancers and storytellers: “The film could be a first to have Inuit elders on stage, not just as storytellers, but as actors. They are Annie Peterloosie, 68, from Pond Inlet, Samson Quinangnaq, 81, from Baker Lake, and Henry Evaloakjuk, 89, from Iqaluit” (Nunatsiaq News). A graduate from Yale University, Houston has worked at printmaking in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, founded an Inuit Art gallery in Nova Scotia, and was nominated for two Gemini awards this year for his documentary, Diet of Souls. From the APTN website:
The stories of Kiviuq, the great Inuit Shaman, are a saga that can take a living Inuit storyteller up to seven hours of tell. With this program, the saga is pushed to a new level — the Elder’s storytelling is treated as performance, interwoven with Inuit theatre, drumdancing and visual arts. “Kiviuq” is brought to life through a variety special featuring all the Inuit arts, honouring the roots of a story that has travelled through the millennia.