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The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

Director(s)
Zacharias Kunuk
Norman Cohn
Country
Canana
Denmark
Year
2006
Language
English
Danish
Inuktitut
with English subtitles
Duration
113 min

*Codirector Norman Cohn in attendance on February 22.

The last great shaman of the Inuit Avva and his beautiful and headstrong daughter Apak live 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.

The great shaman, Avva, and his family are living on the land some distance from Iglulik, his home community that lately has taken up the teachings of Christian missionaries. Explorer/adventurer Knud Rasmussen pays Avva a visit, accompanied by two fellow Danes: trader Peter Freuchen and anthropologist Therkel Mathiassen. Rasmussen hears and records Avva’s life story and that of his wife Orulu. Their son, Natar, impulsively agrees to guide Freuchen and Mathiassen north to Iglulik. After a celebration, Rasmussen leaves to head west while Avva, facing strong headwinds, sets out with his family and guests en route for home. His beautiful daughter, Apak, has troubling dreams about the road ahead.

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Director(s)
Zacharias Kunuk
Norman Cohn
Country
Canana
Denmark
Year
2006
Language
English
Danish
Inuktitut
with English subtitles
Duration
113 min
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