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Cinefest: Maliglutit (Searchers)

Monday, March 20th, 2017 at 7:30pm
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This arctic epic is inspired by the classic John Ford western of the same name, about a vengeful husband who sets off in pursuit of the violent men who kidnapped his wife and destroyed his home. An Inuk man and his band of maliglutit (“followers”) set out across the barren Arctic in search of the marauders who have ransacked his home and kidnapped his wife. Like Ford’s film, director Kunuk’s Maliglutit explores the repercussions of violence, asking whether these hunters have begun to act like those who have torn apart their family. Very unlike Ford, Kunuk questions not only the colonial ideology inherent to the western genre, but also the possibility of justice in a seemingly unjust world. With a tale as timeless as the landscape in which it is set, Canada’s foremost Inuk filmmaker has provided us with another classic.
Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
Showtime 1 hour 34 minutes