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Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story

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Nunaaluk: A  Forgotten Story was screened at 4 p.m. on  January 22, 2016, at the INDIANER INUIT: DAS NORDAMERIKA FILM FESTIVAL in Stuttgart, Germany.

Montreal journalist Amy German  wrote a cover story about  the film, which was  directed by Louise Abbott and produced by COTA (Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association), in the July 25, 2014 edition of  the Nation: http://www.nationnews.ca/behind-the-making-of-nunaaluk-a-forgotten-story/

Nunaaluk was selected for the Wakefield International Film Festival (WIFF).  It was screened in Wakefield, Quebec, on Sunday, March 9, 2014.

It  was also screened on March 8, 2014, at the  Wilderness Paddlers' Gathering, Hulbert Outdoor Center, Fairlee, Vermont; on April 1, 2014, at the Ciné-Club  (CIDI Radio Station) in Knowlton; and on April 12, 2014, at the Colby-Curtis Museum in Stanstead.

Listen to a CBC Radio interview with Louise Abbott about the film.

Nunaaluk was selected for the Global Visions Festival in Edmonton, Alberta. It was screened on Sunday, May 11, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

It was also shown on May 14, 2014, at the Osher Lecture Series (University of Vermont) in Newport.

 It was selected for the First Peoples' Festival Présence Autochtone, 24th edition. It was screened on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. (18h30), at the Cinémathèque Québécoise in Montreal.

It was selected for the Jasper Short Film Festival, where it was screened on September 27, 2014. Louise Abbott won the "Best Film by an Established Filmmaker" award.

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It was  selected for the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, where it  was screened on November 3, 2014, at noon at the AMC Metreon 16 Theatre, 135 4th St.  It was shortlisted for Best Documentary Short.

It was also selected for the Polar Film Festival in New York City, where it was screened at the Explorers Club on Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story was screened on Thursday, January 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Salle Alec et Gérard Pelletier in Sutton, Quebec. It was shown in Toronto at the Wilderness Canoe Symposium on February 20, 2015. 

The documentary runs 29 minutes and is in English and Inuktitut with English and French subtitles.

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Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story resurrects the story of a group of resourceful, independent Inuit who lived on Cape Hope Island (Nunaaluk, they called it--the big island) and got along well with their Cree neighbours in southeastern James Bay. They were forced to abandon their beloved island home when the government relocated them north to Kuujjuarapik (Great Whale River) in 1960. The film features Mini Aodla Freeman; George Kudlu; the late Arctic photographer Fred Bruemmer; and Elizabeth Mark Maiczan.

The response to the film has been heartwarming! Here are excerpts from a few viewers' email messages:

 

"How moved I was by your film. The quiet of it, the ‘listening’ sense of the film allowing the story to unfold with such truth and humility. I was riveted from the beginning by the voiceover narration of Mini [Aodla Freeman], as the landscape flowed behind her words and the subtitles. And then, as the boat came to shore, it felt like we were entering eternal time as her memories made a lost way of life live again." C.

 

"I was so taken by your vision and craft. Everything in the movie resonated so strongly with my whole being." A. 

"The film is so creative, from weaving in Fred Bruemmer's memories of George Weetaltuk and the lasting impact that relatively brief encounter had on him, to Mini Freeman's and George Kudlu's poignant memories about Nunaaluk. The filming is just superb, surely leaving no doubt in viewers’ minds that Cape Hope [Nunaaluk] really is a very special place. I will watch Nunaaluk many more times for sure." M.

"You did a wonderful little film; I was smitten during the whole thing by the beauty of this story and by the quality of images and moments created by your video." C.

"[We] felt very privileged to attend the showing of your video and hear firsthand the reflections and memories of Mini and George, who are such an important part of this story. Their love of Cape Hope, their courage, and the skills they were able to impart to the Cree was very meaningful. The fact that these two communities, Cree and Inuit, once sworn enemies, learned to cooperate and respect one another is a lesson for all of us.

"Your film was also photographed with great sensitivity and aesthtic taste. Congratulations. You and Niels obviously have great empathy with these people. How sad that Fred Breummer passed away on the very day this film was shown to the public for the first time. His legacy will live on in the memory of the aboriginal people whose lives he touched, and in his photography."  J.
 
"It was a pleasure to meet you and see your perfect little film. It really was just right." I.