The Fan Hitch   Volume 17, Number 4, September 2015

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

From the Editor: The Statistics of Sharing

Fan Mail

Contaminated Water! Yet Another
Long-standing Debacle in Iqaluit

Searching for the Shelters of Stone

How to Loose a Husky Team

A New Home for the BAS Husky Memorial Bronze Statue

Historical and Climatic Prerequisites of the
Appearance of the Population of Sled Dogs of the
Shoreline of the Chukotka Peninsula

The Sledge Patrol documentary update
Major Virus Issues in Canada’s North and
Canine Parvovirus Infects Inuit Dogs in
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, 1978

A Decade of Service: The Chinook Project’s
2015 Labrador Animal Wellness Clinic

Inuk’s release in North America!

Book Review: Games of Survival: Traditional
Inuit Games for
Elementary Students

IMHO: The Presumption of Good Faith

Index: Volume 17, The Fan Hitch

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Index of back issues by volume number

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Ordering Ken MacRury's Thesis

Our comprehensive list of resources

Defining the Inuit Dog

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Update from the distributor, 10/16/15: "Inuk will be releasing in the U.K. on November 9th and in the U.S. in February of 2016."
Inuk’s Release in North America!

It has been nearly three years (December 2012) since Inuk was reviewed in The Fan Hitch. Having competed at film festivals around the world, Inuk has won twenty-two awards and was Greenland’s submission for a 2013 Oscar in the category of Best Foreign Language Film.

Recent word from TriCoast Worldwide – motion picture creator, producer, distributor as well as a source of DVD and digital media – is that Inuk will very soon be released in the United States and Canada in DVD and VOD (video on demand) formats!

Although the details were not in place at the time this issue of The Fan Hitch had to go online, we will provide them RIGHT HERE as soon as they become available.

You don't have to be “doggy” to enjoy Inuk which soars far beyond scenes of Greenland Dogs in harness. It is the story of a teenage Greenland boy named Inuk living with his dysfunctional parents in the populous capital city, Nuuk. After he’s found nearly frozen in an abandoned car, the child welfare system removes Inuk from his parents and transports him north, to a facility for orphaned, sick and at risk children, the Uummannaq Children’s Home, located in his birthplace community of Uummannaq in the northwestern part of Greenland. Although free from the stress of family life, he is now separated from the familiarity of city life and schoolmates and thrust into what seems to him a foreign place (having been brought to Nuuk as very young child, too young to remember his aboriginal roots). For him adjustment is difficult as if in some ways he is no better off here than he was in Nuuk. A group of kids from the home is taken camping out on the land for traditional experiences. Inuk is paired with a skilled hunter Ikuma, who also has a troubled past. The balance of the film tells the story of how each reinvents himself as the pair’s relationship evolves.

The social framework of the story is universal. It could play out anywhere. It is not fiction in this sense. (There really is an Uummannaq Children’s Home. The home’s director helped develop the script and acted in the film. And the actor who played the legendary hunter Ikuma has worked at the Children’s Home and has been described as “an advocate of … preservation of dogsledding and historical hunting techniques.”) But this happens to take place in Greenland and viewers who desire to learn more about its people, places and landscapes are in for a treat. Inuk is a must see, must-own film.

Watch this space for details how you can add Inuk to your polar video library.

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