Sol (film)

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Directed byMarie-Hélène Cousineau and Susan Avingaq
Produced byMarie-Hélène Cousineau and Stephane Rituit
CinematographyFrançois Dagenais
Edited byJeremiah Hayes
Release date
Running time
76 minutes
LanguageInuktitut, English

Sol is a 2014 Canadian documentary film by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Susan Avingaq about Solomon Uyarasuk , a musician/circus performer who died in police custody[1] in Igloolik, Nunavut. The film questions the claims by the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment that Uyarasuk hanged himself in his cell, and also explores the wider issue of Nunavut's very high suicide rate.[2]

The film played at the 2014 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto.[3]

The film subsequently won the Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature at the RIDM Montreal International Documentary Festival[4] and was included in the list of "Canada's Top Ten" feature films of 2014, selected by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals organized by TIFF.[5][6]

On March 8, 2016, it was named Best Documentary Program at the 4th Canadian Screen Awards.[7]


  1. ^ "Shewchuk: Nunavut coroner to hold inquest next year in death of Igloolik man". Nunatsiaq Online. 2013-09-18. Retrieved 2015-01-16.
  2. ^ Sean Kelly (2014-10-23). "imagineNATIVE 2014 Review: Sol". Toronto Film Scene. Retrieved 2015-01-16.
  3. ^ "2014 Festival Schedule". Archived from the original on 2014-12-13.
  4. ^ "Award Winners of the 17th Edition". RIDM — Montreal International Documentary Festival. 2014-11-23. Archived from the original on 2015-01-15.
  5. ^ "TIFF Tips Its Toque to the Best in Canadian Filmmaking: Cronenberg, Dolan, and Gunnarson Among Directors Recognized" (PDF) (Press release). TIFF. 1 December 2014.
  6. ^ Linda Barnard (1 December 2014). "TIFF's Top Ten Film Festival: Spotlight on Canadian film". Toronto Star. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  7. ^ Mullen, Pat (9 March 2016). "First Wave of Documentary/Non-Fiction/Factual Canadian Screen Award Winners". POV Magazine. Retrieved 10 March 2016.

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