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NEWS: Iqaluit March 26, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Award-winning Nunavut filmmakers bring latest work to Iqaluit

Arnait Video Productions' Uvanga was shot mostly in Igloolik

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Uvanga characters Travis (left) played by Travis Kunnuk and Tomas (Lukasi Forrest) reflect at the site of their father’s death in the new Arnait Video Productions film. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ARNAIT VIDEO PRODUCTIONS)
Uvanga characters Travis (left) played by Travis Kunnuk and Tomas (Lukasi Forrest) reflect at the site of their father’s death in the new Arnait Video Productions film. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ARNAIT VIDEO PRODUCTIONS)

Uvanga (Myself), the story of a teenage Inuk boy raised in the South who travels to Igloolik to meet his extended family, is set to begin a cross-Canada screening tour in Iqaluit April 25 at the Astro Theatre.

Co-directed by Madeline Piujuq Ivalu and Marie-Hélène Cousineau, the film was first shown at Quebec’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal in the fall of 2013 and is now set to tour Canada, with Iqaluit as the first stop.

The film tells the story of Anna, a woman who had a brief affair with her son’s father in Igloolik, and then left the community to raise her son, Tomas, in Montreal.

The drama unfolds during a two-week period when she decides to bring Tomas to Igloolik to meet the extended family of his father, who died under mysterious circumstances.

“For Tomas’s mother and his Inuit family, the joy of his homecoming is mixed with memories of a painful chapter in their shared history,” says a March 26 news release.

This is the second film for Cousineau and Ivalu (who also stars in the film), following up on the success of Before Tomorrow, which won Best Canadian First Feature at the prestigious 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.

Uvanga features Marianne Farley as Anna and newcomer Lukasi Forrest of Kuujjuaq as Tomas, as well as many Igloolik actors including Pakak Innuksuk, Travis Kunnuk, Carol Kunnuk and Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq.

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