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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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Eugene Ipkarnak (Inuktitut dialogue), Madeline Ivalu (Inuktitut dialogue) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pakak Innuksuk Pakak Innuksuk ... Aua
Leah Angutimarik Leah Angutimarik ... Apak
Neeve Irngaut Neeve Irngaut ... Orulu
Natar Ungalaaq ... Nuqallaq
Samueli Ammaq Samueli Ammaq ... Umik
Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq ... Natar
Catherine Alaralak Catherine Alaralak ... Kigutikaajuk
Abraham Ulayuruluk Abraham Ulayuruluk ... Evaluarjuk
Jens Jørn Spottag ... Knud Rasmussen
Kim Bodnia ... Peter Freuchen
Jakob Cedergren ... Therkel Mathiassen
Tommy Uttak Tommy Uttak ... Taparte
Apayata Kotierk Apayata Kotierk ... Anguillianuk
Cora Akkitirq Cora Akkitirq ... Spirit
Racheal Uyarasuk Racheal Uyarasuk ... Spirit
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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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shaman | inuit | snow | explorer | religion | See All (35) »

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada | Denmark | Greenland

Language:

Inuktitut | English | Danish

Release Date:

10 November 2006 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Dzienniki Knuda Rasmussena See more »

Filming Locations:

Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Opening film for 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. See more »

Quotes

Aua: We believe happy people should not worry about hidden things. Our spirits are offended if we think too much.
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A "slow" film but with powerful effect
8 September 2006 | by benl-4See 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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