The Fast Runner

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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.

Available in DVD format.  The Fast Runner, directed by Zacharias Kunuk.  2001, 172 minutes, Color. Rated R (some sexuality, nudity and violence).

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

When a small, nomadic community is cursed by an unknown shaman, the curse is still felt years later. Atanarjuat falls in love with Atuat, a woman already promised to the son of the clan’s leader. In a fight, she is won by Atanarjuat causing vengeful clan leader Oki to plot to attack Atanarjuat and his brother in their sleep. Atanarjuat manages to escape and sets off running across the ice, embarking on a harrowing adventure to survive in the brutal wilderness. His journey ends when he returns, stronger and wiser, to reclaim his life and stop the curse that has divided his people.

There are many versions of the Atanarjuat legend and the film makers at Igloolik Isuma Productions have created a unique one to put on film. Their treatment of the story emphasizes themes of compassion, justice and restoration; an important message for us all.

Producer: Igloolik Isuma Productions

Awards: 6 Genie Awards including Best Picture, Canada’s official selection in the Foreign Language Oscar (and tons more)

Language: Inuktitut (with English and French subtitles)
Culture group: Inuit