Director Zach Kunuk’s Atanarjuat — The Fast Runner — was named best Canadian feature film at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2001. Fifteen years later, his most recent offering, Maliglutit or The Searchers, is set to debut at the same Festival in September 2016.
It is an action-packed historical drama set around 1913 in North Baffin, Nunavut. A man and his teenage son go hunting and return to their iglu to find two grandparents and a child murdered and the man’s wife and 12-year-old daughter kidnapped. The man, Uik, begins a relentless chase to find the rest of his family and determine what happened.
The film is all in Inuktitut. Scenes for the movie were taken in Igloolik and Avammuktulik this past March. Kunuk plans to show the film in Igloolik in October.
Readers can find out more at www.isuma.tv/Maliglutit.