The Fan Hitch   Volume 18, Number 3, June 2016

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

From the Editor

Canadian Inuit Dogs I have owned, raised and trained: a photo essay; Part 3
Book review: Across Arctic America
Book review: White Eskimo

Interview with Author Stephen Bown

The Thule Atlas Project

March distemper outbreak in Ilulissat

Okpik’s Dream/Harry Okpik still going strong

IMHO: I’m “Neat” with Tarps

Navigating This Site

Index of articles by subject

Index of back issues by volume number

Search The Fan Hitch

Articles to download and print

Ordering Ken MacRury's Thesis

Our comprehensive list of resources

Defining the Inuit Dog

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Harry Okpik (l) and his 2016 Ivakkak partner, son Matthew Airo Okpik,
and their lead dog.
                     Photo: Pierre Dunnigan

Okpik’s Dream, Harry Okpik Still Going Strong

Okpik’s Dream continues to screen at events and festivals throughout Canada and internationally. The documentary film about the trials and triumphs of Nunavik dog man Harry Okpik,

    •    was nominated for Best Documentary Program at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards.

    •    had its director Laura Rietveld, become laureate of the Prix du CALQ (Counsel of Arts and Letters of Quebec), Work of an Emerging Artist in Montreal for 2015 for her work as writer and director of Okpik’s Dream.

    •    had also been selected for the Tour of Quebec Cinema and screened in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik where Harry Okpik and director Laura Rietveld offered a Q&A session.

    •    was an official selection at the NIFF (Niagara Integrated Film Festival) and screened on June 12th in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

    •    other recent 2016 and future screenings:
Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois festival, in Montreal, February

Festival 48 Images seconde in Florac, France in April.

Festivals in Quebec, United States and Australia later in 2016.

Harry Okpik and his son Matthew raced together for the very first time in the March/April 2016 Ivakkak.  

The Okpik’s Dream DVD is available from CatBird Online Boutique for $19.99 CDN each plus shipping.

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