Anaana (Mother)

Arnait Video Productions

2001, 54:10 minutes, colour, Inuktitut, French, English subtitles

TAPECODE 2024.05

A documentary from Arnait Video Productions (Women’s Video Workshop of Igloolik). Abandoned by her father, a White RCMP officer, Vivi Kunuk was adopted by the Inuk family of her mother who raised her as a boy. This is but one remarkable chapter in her life. With her husband Enuki, she raised eleven children, including award-winning filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk, living most of the year on the land as her nomadic ancestors did prior to the creation of government settlements in the 1950's. Surrounded by her grandchildren, she recounts stories about the land she knows intimately and her life's destiny on Baffin Island. The history of changes experienced by Inuit people in the last sixty years is contained in the story of Vivi Kunuk – an ordinary woman with an extraordinary life.

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Available in both english and french versions.

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