The Journals of Knud Rasmussen
|The Journals of Knud Rasmussen|
|Directed by||Zacharias Kunuk
|Produced by||Lucius Barre
Elise Lund Larsen
|Written by||Eugene Ipkarnak
Jens Jørn Spottag
|Music by||Richard Lavoie|
|Edited by||Cathrine Ambus
|Distributed by||Alliance Atlantis
|Release date(s)||March 11, 2006 (Igloolik screening)
September 7, 2006 (Canada)
October 8, 2006 (USA)
November 10, 2006 (Denmark)
|Running time||112 minutes|
The Journals of Knud Rasmussen is a 2006 Canadian-Danish film about the pressures on the traditional Inuit culture when explorer Knud Rasmussen introduces European cultural influences. Produced by Isuma, the film was directed by Zacharias Kunuk, who also directed the award-winning Inuit film Atanarjuat, and Norman Cohn. It premiered on September 7, 2006 at the Toronto International Film Festival, after pre-release screenings in Inuit communities in Canada and Greenland.
Set primarily in and around Igloolik in 1922, the film depicts the relationship between a group of Inuit in Arctic Canada and three Danish ethnographers and explorers, Knud Rasmussen, Therkel Mathiassen and Peter Freuchen during Rasmussen's "Great Sled Journey" of 1922. The film is shot from the perspective of the Inuit, showing their traditional beliefs and lifestyle. It tells the story of the last great Inuit shaman and his beautiful and headstrong daughter; the shaman must decide whether to accept the Christian religion that is converting the Inuit across Greenland.
- Natar Ungalaaq as Nuqallaq
- Across Arctic America (1927), Knud Rasmussen's book which the film is based from.
- "New York Times Review," provides an excellent background prior to viewing.
- The Journals of Knud Rasmussen at the Internet Movie Database
- The Journals of Knud Rasmussen
- Isuma - Production Studio of The Journals of Knud Rasmussen - based on Turtle Island
- Before Tomorrow - Upcoming Isuma Production
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