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Tradition meets modern in Vanishing Point


The Ottawa premiere of the 2011 NFB film Vanishing Point took place in April as part of the “Extraordinary Arctic” festival at the Museum of Nature. Directed by Stephen A. Smith and Julia Szucs, Vanishing Point tells the story of two Inuit communities on Baffin Island and in Greenland, which are linked by the migration led in the late 1800s by the shaman, Qidtlarssuaq. In the film, narrated in subtitled Inuktitut, Navarana, an Inughuit elder and descendant of Qidtlars – suaq, discovers how these communities, despite sharing coming values, are adapting differently to outside influences that affect their way of life. This documentary illustrates how tradition adjusts to the more modern changing Arctic.