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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Maïna
... Natak (as Ipellie Ootoova)
Uapshkuss Thernish ... Nipki (as Uapeshkuss Thernish)
... Quujuuq
... Mishta-Napeu
... Tekahera
... Saitu
Peter Miller ... Manutabi
... Tadlo
Lamech Kadloo ... Ootek
Annie Galipeau ... Natau
Jean-Louis Fontaine ... Atetshi
Stuart Myiow Jr. ... Quito (as Stuart Jr. Myiow)
Pakak Innuksuk ... Merkusaq
Paul-André Brasseur ... Young Inuk


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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1 October 2013 (Canada)  »

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Peter Miller, who plays Manutabi, is the only cast member who is non-indigenous. He is French-Irish. 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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THE Native movie I've been looking for
18 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

The most engrossing, intelligent movie I've seen in several years, not to mention gorgeously filmed. I only hope I can catch it on the big screen. Nothing is romanticized. It's THE Native movie I've been looking for, an authentic portrayal of how life must have been before the arrival of Europeans, not just the living conditions, but the world view and social relations as well. The love story is also one of the most beautiful yet believable I have ever seen on screen.

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