Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner

ISUMA, Norman Cohn and Zacharias Kunuk

2001, 161:00 minutes, colour, Inuktitut, English subtitles


Atanarjuat is Canada's first feature-length fiction film written, produced, directed, and acted by Inuit.

Voted Number One, All-Time Top Ten Canadian film in a poll conducted by the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015. An exciting action thriller set in ancient Igloolik, the film unfolds as a life-threatening struggle of love, jealousy, murder and revenge between powerful natural and supernatural characters.

Two-disc version with bonus features available upon request.

Two-disc Version:
Disc 1: Includes the first feature-length film.

Disc 2 (Bonus Features):
Includes these special features:
Atanarjuat Trailer
About Igloolik
Photo Gallery
Art Direction
Cast, Characters and Crew
Production Diary
The Legend of the Land

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Critical Writing

Natives bring culture to the city: Aboriginal arts from around the...
by Susan Walker. The Toronto Star, Oct. 20 Fall, 2004.
Talking Back to Primitivism: Divided Audiences, Collective Desires
by Lucas Bessire. American Anthropologist, Dec. 2003, v. 105, no. 4.
"Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner": Culture, History, and Politics in...
by Shari Huhndorf. American Anthropologist, Dec. 2003, v. 105, no. 4.