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Facing the Sky curated by Louise DéryInuit Knowledge and Climate Change, 2010

Still from Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change, 2010
Photo: Courtesy of Isuma TV

Zacharias Kunuk - Igloolik, Nunavut
Dr. Ian Mauro, Co-Director - Winnipeg, Canada

Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change, the world's first Inuktitut language film regarding climate change and involving Inuit communities, is projected on a large custom-built screen by the shore of Lake Ontario, close to the Toronto Terminal. Coming from Queens Quay and approaching the boardwalk, visitors can hear the language and see both men and women talking about their ancestral knowledge and expertise concerning environmental change and the indigenous ways of adapting to it.

Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk and researcher-filmmaker Ian Mauro invite the viewer 'on the land' with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts
of a warming Arctic. Their stories are about the past, the present, extinction, survival and the need for a balance between the human presence and nature.

During Nuit Blanche, a Northern sky is projected on a dark Southern sky. The first one is devoted to nature, where the stars are no longer aligned with the land; the second one is dominated with office towers and buildings, where the stars are replaced by shining corporate logos.

Zacharias Kunuk (1957, Kapuivik, Nunavut) lives and works in Igloolik. Originally working as a soapstone carver, Kunuk purchased a video camera in 1981. His first feature film, Atanarjuat/The Fast Runner, is a milestone in the development of an independent indigenous cinema. In 2001, it won the Camera d'Or for Best First Feature at the Cannes film Festival and six Genie awards in Canada. Atanarjuat was voted the Best Canadian Film of all time by the Toronto International Film Festival survey (2015).

Film Installation


OBLIVION Militant Nostalgia And the Transformation Reveals Facing the Sky Independent Projects Major Institutions Event Centre Invictus 360°

Harbour Square Park East

25 Queens Quay West

Suitable for all ages

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This project is outdoors.