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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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Storyline

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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Drama

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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,823, 1 October 2006

Gross USA:

$209,478

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$209,478
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

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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Drama in a Bleak Land
10 September 2006 | by JamesterSee all my reviews

The arctic provides a bleak landscape. It's cold, there's snow, maybe the odd igloo or so and sky.

So how does a movie-maker transform this to paint a picture of how Christianity was introduced to the Inuit 95-odd years ago? Very skillfully, I must say.

And when the story makes you understand how Inuit life and thinking was before with shamans, and family traditions of eating, child rearing, and let's say superstitions, though perhaps that's not the exact word, and the transition that took place in one household and the extended community when Danish explorers from Greenland chanced upon this community, you see a piece of history unfold in front of you in a gripping, intellectually powerful way.

The impact on the family, the emotional rip from the heart, and the ensuing loss really makes for a powerful and honest film.

Well, done with super acting throughout!


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