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UNB Fredericton to Host Film Screening on Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change

Author: Communications

Posted on Feb 2, 2012

Category: myUNB , UNB Fredericton

Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk (The Fast Runner) and researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (Seeds of Change) have teamed up with Inuit communities to document their knowledge of, and experience with, climate change.

This new documentary, entitled Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change, will be screened on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in Room 105, MacLaggan Hall, UNB Fredericton.

It is the world’s first Inuktitut language film on the topic.  Qapirangajuq takes the viewer ‘on the land’ with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic.

This unforgettable film helps us to appreciate Inuit culture and expertise regarding environmental change and indigenous ways of adapting to it. 

A live Q&A session with the film’s directors will follow the screening. A reception with refreshments will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Room 16, MacLaggan Hall.  The event is free and open to the public.  

About the Filmmakers

Zacharias Kunuk is a renowned filmmaker whose dramatic feature films include Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner), which won the Camera d’Or at Cannes in 2001, and The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, which opened the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. Mr. Kunuk was awarded The Order of Canada in 2005.

Ian Mauro holds the Canada Research Chair in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change at Mount Allison University.

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