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Isuma Film Screening

16 Mar 2023, 6:00 pm8:00 pm


Marfa Public Library

Isuma, One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk (2019), Directed by Zacharias Kunuk

As a part of the Ecstatic Land screening series, Ballroom Marfa presents Isuma’s One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk (2019), 112 minutes, directed by Zacharias Kunuk. Join us for this special screening at Marfa Public Library on March 16th from 6–8 pm. This event is free.

Synopsis: In April 1961, John Kennedy is America’s new President, the Cold War heats up in Berlin and nuclear bombers are deployed from bases in arctic Canada. In Kapuivik, north Baffin Island, Noah Piugattuk’s nomadic Inuit band live and hunt by dog team as his ancestors did when he was born in 1900. When the white man known as Boss arrives at Piugattuk’s hunting camp, what appears as a chance meeting soon opens up the prospect of momentous change. Boss is an agent of the government, assigned to get Piugattuk to move his band to settlement housing and send his children to school so they can get jobs and make money. But Kapuivik is Piugattuk’s homeland. He takes no part in the Canadian experience; and cannot imagine what his children would do with money.

One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk opened at the Canadian Pavillion of the Biennale de Venezia 2019, as a 4K digital video installation, 112 minutes, Inuktitut-English 2019.