One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk

Director: Zacharias Kunuk Year: 2019 Run Time: 111min
One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk Year (2019)

It is 1961 in Kapuivik, north Baffin Island, and Noah Piugattuk’s nomadic Inuit band live and hunt by dog team as his ancestors did when he was born in 1900. When the white man known as Boss arrives at Piugattuk’s hunting camp, what appears as a chance meeting soon opens up the prospect of momentous change. 

Boss is an agent of the government, assigned to get Piugattuk to move his band to permanent housing, assimilate his children into settler society and give up their traditional way of life. 

Told through the extended showdown between Inuit camp leader Noah Piugattuk (Kotierk) and a government emissary (Bodnia) (as well as the translator who must help them communicate), One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk is a deeply absorbing account of a little-known and important piece of Inuit and Canadian history.

One Day In The Life Of Noah Piugattuk illustrates Inuit-colonial relationships brilliantly.” – Kelly Boutsalis, NOW Magazine


Director(s):

Zacharias Kunuk

Writer(s):

Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn

Genre(s):

Drama

Language(s):

English, Inuktitut

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