Critical Writing Index

Tomorrow hits today: The odds stack up against two unlikely heroes in a new story from the Atanarjuat team

by Jason Anderson

EYE WEEKLY, Mar. 26, 2009, v. 18, no. 20, p. 21

Jason Anderson reviews Before Tomorrow, the new film from Isuma Productions, the same Iglooik based team that created Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner. Winner of the CTV Award for Best Canadian First Feature from TIFF and a selection for Canada’s Top Ten, Anderson finds the film to be a profoundly moving story featuring unconventional protagonists: an old woman and her grandson are the sole surviving members of their community after disease strikes. Marie-Hélène Cousineau, one of Before Tomorrow’s co-directors, is also a member of the Arnait Video Collective, the Arctic’s first women’s independent film and video group. In a brief interview, she discusses whether or not the film is a ‘women’s film’ and why.

ITEM 2009.035 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Atanarjuat: The Fast RunnerZacharias Kunuk

Before TomorrowMarie-Hélène Cousineau, Madeline Ivalu