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The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006)

A portrayal of the lives of the last great Inuit shaman, Avva, and his beautiful and headstrong daughter, Apak. Based on the journals of 1920s Danish ethnographer Knud Rasmussen.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pakak Innuksuk ...
Leah Angutimarik ...
Neeve Irngaut ...
Samueli Ammaq ...
Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq ...
Catherine Alaralak ...
Abraham Ulayuruluk ...
Knud Rasmussen
Peter Freuchen
Therkel Mathiassen
Tommy Uttak ...
Apayata Kotierk ...
Cora Akkitirq ...
Racheal Uyarasuk ...


The last great shaman of the Inuit Avva and his beautiful and headstrong daughter Apak lives on the verge of change in 1922. As the father is trying to resist the changes encroaching upon his family and culture, a group of Danish scientists arrive to study and record his way of life. Written by Ploy P.

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Once a shaman abandons his faith, there is no turning back.





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10 November 2006 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Dzienniki Knuda Rasmussena  »

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A "slow" film but with powerful effect
8 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

As I expected, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen was a "slow" film but I found it to be very powerful. I saw it at the Toronto International Film Festival at a Press and Industry screening.

The Journals of Knud Rasmussen is a true story of first contact with Europeans and the family and historical tensions that arise. It gave a powerful sense of the old Inuit life of tradition and superstition. The first scene was an evocative camera's-eye view of an Inuit family preparing themselves to be photographed which faded into a black and white still. As the end credits rolled photographs of the historical characters were shown.

Throughout the film I had a real sense of being in the place and in the time. The plot mixed the real and supernatural worlds intermixed frequently, which required a fair amount of concentration on the viewer's part.

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