One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk @ Zeitgeist Theatre & Lounge

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Set in 1961 on Canada’s far northern Baffin Island, Zacharias Kunuk’s latest drama is a quietly riveting tale drawn from the historical reality of the attempted forced relocation and cultural assimilation of Canada’s Inuit Indigenous peoples. One Day revolves around Noah Piugattuk and his nomadic Inuit band who live and hunt as their ancestors have done for millennia in the vast snowy landscapes. During one hunting trip, proceedings are interrupted by the unexpected arrival of an Inuit translator and a white government employee, known as ‘Boss.’ Dispatched by the Government of Canada, Boss wants to convince Noah and his band to move to a settlement far from their traditional lands. Their intense conversation, translated with varying (and amusing) degrees of accuracy, is both dramatic and illuminating about the processes of, and strategies of resistance to, the forces of colonization. Mesmerizing.

Selected as one of Canada’s Top Ten of 2019.

Official Selections: Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal (FNC)

“Directed by Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner's Kunuk, One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk illustrates Inuit-colonial relationships brilliantly.”

- Kelly Boutsalis, Now Magazine

“One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk is a comedy of manners that is no laughing matter. The latest film from Zacharias Kunuk (The Fast Runner, Searchers) sees Inuit-settler relationships humorously and tragically lost in translation.”

- Pat Mullen, POV Magazine

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    111 minutes
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    Zacharias Kunuk