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Still from 'Three Thousand' by Asinnajaq. Image courtesy of Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival.

Stories from the North: Watch Inuit and Sámi films projected onto a screen made of snow

By Greggory Clark on January 31, 2018

Image courtesy of Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival.

Films from the North will be playing in a series of free open-air screenings at Lansdowne Park this weekend. Every night, Thursday through Sunday, you will be able to see two unique programs of short films by Inuit and Sámi filmmakers.

On Thursday night, a reception will be held indoors at the Aberdeen Pavilion with music, snacks, and hot beverages. Inuit throat-singing duo Silla, aka Cynthia Pitsiulak and Charlotte Qamaniq, are slated to perform on opening night.

Presented by Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival and an abundance of partners including three Scandinavian embassies, this short film program is a selection of films by independent artists – national, international, Indigenous, non-Indigenous – presenting the most entertaining, innovative, and the best in Indigenous film.

The 2018 Unikkaaqtuarniq program includes submissions by artists based in Canada, Norway, Greenland, Finland and Sweden, films in several languages – including one in sign language – and four films which have never been screened in Ottawa.

Unikkaaqtuarniq: Stories from the North is screening from 6–9pm, February 1–4 outside of the Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park (1525 Princess Patricia Way). Dress for the weather. Admission is free.