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Maïna (2013)

A Canadian aboriginal woman journeys to the Arctic in search of a missing member of her tribe, and falls in love with a man from a rival clan.


Michel Poulette


Pierre Billon, Dominique Demers (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roseanne Supernault ... Maïna
Ipeelie Ootoova ... Natak (as Ipellie Ootoova)
Uapshkuss Thernish Uapshkuss Thernish ... Nipki (as Uapeshkuss Thernish)
Eric Schweig ... Quujuuq
Graham Greene ... Mishta-Napeu
Tantoo Cardinal ... Tekahera
Flint Eagle ... Saitu
Peter Miller ... Manutabi
Natar Ungalaaq ... Tadlo
Lamech Kadloo Lamech Kadloo ... Ootek
Annie Galipeau Annie Galipeau ... Natau
Jean-Louis Fontaine Jean-Louis Fontaine ... Atetshi
Stuart Myiow Jr. Stuart Myiow Jr. ... Quito (as Stuart Jr. Myiow)
Pakak Innuksuk Pakak Innuksuk ... Merkusaq
Paul-André Brasseur Paul-André Brasseur ... Young Inuk
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Maïna is the daughter of the Innu Chief Mishte-nape, who witnesses a bloody clash between their clan and the clan of "Men of the Land Without Trees." Following this unsolicited confrontation, Maïna chooses a mission that will change her life. To fulfill the promise that she made to her friend Matsii on her deathbed, she embarks on the trail of their enemies to rescue Nipki, her friend's 11-year old boy that the Inuit have captured. But she is also taken as a prisoner by Natak, the leader of the Inuit group, and forcibly taken to the Land Without Trees. Written by Anonymous

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Along with Empire of Dirt released the same year, both movies became the first indigenous-themed films to be nominated for Best Picture by the newly established Canadian Screen Awards, formerly known as the Genie Awards. See more »


Maïna: There is nothing in your land.
Natak: Only for the one who doesn't know how to look.
Maïna: I want to go back home with Nipki.
Natak: Nipki will decide when he becomes a man. You can't. You are intended for me.
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An epic tale of universal human struggle
13 January 2017 | by pdalsin-963-383578See all my reviews

This was a beautifully filmed and epic cinematic treat. What a commitment to the story of human loyalty to family and land. Check it out. Koodos to the entire 'family' who were responsible for this wonderful film. It is truly universal. The focus of this film is the daughter of the Chief and her stepbrother. Her real mother became shaman and healer - who left the tribe because her husband (the chief) took another woman. He took another woman as a nursemaid for his daughter because his wife (now shaman) could not produce enough milk to sustain his girl child. It is a tale of dreams, which includes animal protectors and future events. It involves the dream and spiritual realm in a lovely background of this real world within its stark and inspiring creation. It is an acceptance of life and death and the struggles in between.

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Inuktitut | Montagnais | English

Release Date:

1 October 2013 (Canada) See more »

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Quebec, Canada See more »

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