FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
INUIT KNOWLEDGE AND CLIMATE CHANGE
co-directed by Zacharias Kunuk
A WORLD PREMIERE
AND SIMULTANEOUS LIVE WEBCAST
Saturday 7pm | OCT. 23
AL GREEN THEATRE: 750 Spadina Ave
LIVE ON THE WEB THROUGH SKYPE: isumatv.ikcc
(Toronto - October 14, 2010) - imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is proud to present the world premiere of Zacharias Kunuk's new documentary - Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change.
Nunavut-based director Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) and researcher/filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (Seeds of Change) have teamed up with Inuit communities to document their knowledge and experience regarding climate change. As a result, ISUMAÂ Productions' new documentary film reveals the depth of Inuit expertise on land and wildlife, and makes it clear that climate change is a human rights issue affecting Indigenous cultures.
The world premiere screening will take place in Toronto at the Al Green Theatre, Oct 23 at 7:00pm, during the 11th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, anyone can take part online for the live video webcast of the evening's event at www.isuma.tv/ikcc .
Following the film screening, filmmakers Kunuk and Mauro will be taking questions both from the audience in Toronto and over Skype on the web. Everyone is invited to send questions to the filmmakers. Please address them to Skype Username: isumatv.ikcc.
We invite you to attend the screening, watch the live webcast, and Skype-in to participate.
The impact of climate change in Canada is discussed by those at its front lines. In this historic documentary by the legendary ISUMA Productions, Inuit people speak first-hand about how their landscape is changing, how their atmosphere is warming and changing the sky and question if the polar bear really is endangered. Their insight â€“ borne from centuries of shared knowledge â€“ reveals a deep intimacy with their environment and both supports and challenges mainstream media reports of climate change. Unsettling accounts of thawing permafrost, glaciers and ice point directly to the truth that climate change has become a human rights issue for many Indigenous people.
Zacharias Kunuk (Inuk) is a renowned filmmaker whose dramatic feature films include Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner that won the Camera d'Or at the Cannes in 2001, and The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, co-directed with Norman Cohn, which opened the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. Kunuk is the winner of a National Arts Award, National Aboriginal Achievement Award and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2005.
Ian Mauro, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow and filmmaker in Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. His research focuses on farmer and hunter knowledge regarding environmental issues related to biotechnology, sustainable agriculture, wildlife management and climate change. His research films have been translated into Spanish, French and Japanese and he has spent the last decade living in Inuit communities across Nunavut.
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