The Fan Hitch   Volume 17, Number 2, March 2015

          Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog                                    
In This Issue....

From the Editor: Fed Up!

IsumaTV’s First Annual Online Film Festival

Paving over Cultural Identity

Retracing Twenty-Five Year Old Foot and Paw Steps

Okpik’s Dream Update

Bannock – On the Frozen Sea, in the Woods or at Home

Media Review: Romance of the Far Fur Country

Media Review: On the Trail of the Far Fur Country

IMHO: Truth, History and Dogs

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Ordering Ken MacRury's Thesis

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Defining the Inuit Dog

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From Zacharias Kunuk's My Father's Land,
Benjamin Kunuk (l) and Paul Josh Kunuk (r).
                     © Isuma Distribution Int'l Ltd.

IsumaTV’s First Annual Online Film Festival

According to its website, IsumaTV is “a collaborative multimedia platform for indigenous filmmakers and media organizations. Each user can design their own space, or channel, to reflect their own identity, mandate and audience. The collective platform currently carries 5000+ films and videos in more than 70 different languages, on 800+ user-controlled channels, representing cultures and media organizations from Canada, U.S.A., Greenland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and almost every country in Latin America.”

From March 2 through April 1, 2015 IsumaTV is hosting its first Indigenous Film Festival, offering multi-ethnic films, documentaries and shorts subjects, including two world premiers by Zacharias Kunuk, director of the award-winning trilogy Atanarjuat, Journals of Knud Rasmussen and Before Tomorrow. They are My Father’s Land (Attatama Nunanga) and Coming Home (Angirattut).

The entries to IsumaTV’s film festival submitted by TIFF Cinematheque (Toronto International Film Festival) are restricted to remote indigenous communities having IsumaTV Mediaplayers. However, in addition to all festival featured films, a collection of forty other Inuit films and videos are available to viewers worldwide including Paul Apak’s Qidtlassuaq. Although presented entirely in Inuktitut, Qidtlassuaq is rich with many fine scenes, making this five-part series a must watch.

From Qitdlassuaq, Part 3          © Isuma Distribution Int'l Ltd.

This special collection of forty films is being hosted on IsumaTV in collaboration with the Government of Nunavut Department of Culture and Heritage. They will be available even after the festival closes.

IsumaTV plans to make its indigenous film festival an annual event. However, all year ‘round IsumaTV has thousands of great offerings to explore and enjoy.
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