September 06, 2006

Journals of Knud Rasmussen debuts

Latest by Inuit director Zacharias Kunuk opens 2006 Toronto film festivalOn Thursday, the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival opens with that promised feature, "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen," a $6.3 million co-production with Denmark based on real accounts by 1920s Danish explorer Rasmussen. His expedition to the Canadian north brought an anthropologist who wanted to record details of a pure native culture that would soon disappear in the face of white civilization and Christianity.

But while based on the chronicles of that expedition, the film plays out from the Inuit perspective, with many of the same aboriginal actors who appeared in "Atanarjuat", again speaking in their native Inuktitut, with subtitles.
For a review of the movie, see A Brave Opening Choice.

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