Isuma: Inuit Video Art

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April 2008



Since winning the Camera d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001, Igloolik Isuma Productions has been among the most well-known and influential indigenous film companies in the world. Isuma's premier movie, Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner) - the first-ever feature film produced by the Inuit and presented entirely in the Inuktitut language - has received numerous awards and critical acclaim. In Isuma: Inuit Video Art Michael Evans explores multiple aspects of the production company's filmmaking, including its cultural and political stances, its embrace of folklore and respect for ancestors, and its role in the Arctic community of Igloolik. In-depth interviews with the people of Isuma and a thoughtful analysis of their films reveal how the producers combine their vision of Inuit wisdom and honour with the demands of modern filmmaking to create compelling and visually stunning films that share Inuit culture with an international audience.

Isuma: Inuit Video Art is a pragmatic, comprehensive and accessible study, bringing Isuma's Arctic to life while positioning its efforts within a larger frame of indigenous media and cultural expression.


1 Reflections in the Ice;
2 Igloolik Isuma;
3 Inuit Video as Folklore;
4 Isuma's Artists;
5 Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner;
6 Streams of Culture;
7 Video as Socio-Political Endeavour;
8 Netsilik and Nanook vs Nunavut;
9 Video in Politics;
10 Video as Community;
11 Light through the Ice


Indiana University


"The author's presentation of valuable interview material with videographers in different groups with diverging goals and interests makes this work especially important." Marian Bredin, Brock University"Capturing a pivotal moment in Inuit/Canadian/film history, Isuma: Inuit Video Art is one of the most accomplished books I have read in a long time. There is a richness in detail in both the interviews and the author's reflections on them ... Cleary, Evans and his subjects shared a mutual trust and respect." Allan J. Ryan, New Sun Chair in Aboriginal Art and Culture, Canadian Studies and Art History, Carleton University
EAN: 9780773533783
ISBN: 0773533788
Untertitel: 'McGill-Queen's Native and Nort'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2008
Seitenanzahl: 236 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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