The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

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The Journals of Knud Rasmussen
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DVD cover
Directed by Zacharias Kunuk
Norman Cohn
Produced by Lucius Barre
Norman Cohn
Zacharias Kunuk
Elise Lund Larsen
Stephane Rituit
Vibeke Vogel
Written by Eugene Ipkarnak
Madeline Ivalu
Herve Paniaq
Pauloosie Qulitalik
Lucy Tulugarjuk
Abraham Ulayuruluk
Louis Uttak
Starring Natar Ungalaaq
Pierre Lebeau
Leah Angutimarik
Jens Jørn Spottag
Neeve Irngaut
Music by Richard Lavoie
Cinematography Norman Cohn
Edited by Cathrine Ambus
Norman Cohn
Félix Lajeunesse
Distributed by Alliance Atlantis
SF Film
Release dates
March 11, 2006 (Igloolik screening)
September 7, 2006 (Canada)
October 8, 2006 (USA)
November 10, 2006 (Denmark)
Running time
112 minutes
Country Canada
Language Inuktitut
Budget $6,300,000 (estimated)

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.

The cast includes Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Pakkak Innushuk, Natar Ungalaaq, Neeve Uttak, Pierre Lebeau, Kim Bodnia and Jens Jørn Spottag.


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.


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