Kinngait: Riding Light Into The World

Site Media Inc. and Annette Mangaard

2010, 64:00 minutes, colour, English and Inuktitut with English Subtites


A first hand account of how the isolated Inuit community of Cape Dorset became the internationally celebrated art capital of the North.

A portrait of the Kinngait Studios celebrating its 50th year of continuous successful operation; the film introduces the remarkable artists who overcame cultural barriers and the hardships of a harsh environment to give birth to a vivid new expression of Inuit life. It tells of how the tiny, isolated community of Cape Dorset, against all odds, turned the making of art into a multimillion dollar co-operative business run by the Inuit townsfolk. Richly illustrated with the work of successive generations of Kinngait artists expressing the immense changes experienced by Inuit to their way of life and environment over the past half-century.

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