Finally the Williams Lake Film Club has obtained the film INUK for you.
We are quite excited to be able to show you this film on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Gibraltar Room at the Cariboo Memorial Complex. Back doors open at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $5, children under 12 are free.
We have specifically scheduled this film for a Saturday matinée so that all of our out of towners have the opportunity to see it.
Inuk is a film about modern-day Greenland and the lives of the Inuit today.
The language is Greenlandic and Danish, with English subtitles. Length of film is 90 min.
INUK tells the story of a 16 year old boy.
He had a happy early childhood but then tragedy struck his family. His mother cannot cope, turns to alcohol and parties and Inuk’s life becomes more and more troubled with his by now alcoholic mother and violent step-father.
His life in the big city has severed him from his previously more traditional life and Hip-Hop is really no substitute.
One morning he is found half-frozen in an abandoned car and the social services become involved.
Aviaaja, the warm-hearted director of a home becomes involved in his case. She realizes that Inuk is searching for the ice, it is in his blood.
She makes sure that Inuk is sent to the Uummannaq Children’s Home on a tiny island in the middle of the Arctic Sea ice.
This home really does exist, you can google it. There Inuk meets the young girl Inul and Ikuma, a local polar bear hunter, who has his own share of problems. Haunted by his troubled past, his extraordinary hunting skills are mysteriously disappearing.
Aviaaja asks Ikuma to take Inuk on his annual seal-hunting trip. She is certain that despite the risks of such a long and dangerous voyage, Inuk and Ikuma will learn from each other.
They both have to work out the problems they face through the overwhelming changes in their lives, they have to reconnect to their past, to their traditions and their true culture.
So when Inuk, the city boy, joins Ikuma, the great hunter of the North, on the epic dogsled voyage, they face much more than the bitter cold and fragile sea-ice. The most difficult part of the journey is the one they must make within themselves …
This film tells the authentic story of Greenland today, a country torn between tradition and modernity, and a universal story about the quest for identity, transition and rebirth after the deepest of wounds and hurts.
All of the actors are non-professionals, teenagers from the Uummannaq Home for neglected Inuit children and local Inuit seal hunters.
Their performances are exceptional and the cinematography just might blow you away, it is so beautiful.
This amazing film has garnered 23 international awards, including a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film for the Oscars in 2013, but still barely anyone has heard of it.
You will have one chance to see it, this coming Saturday, February 8, at 2 p.m. Don’t miss it!