Tungijuq (2009) features Inuit jazz throat-singer Tanya Tagaq and, Fast Runner Trilogy filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk, in a meditation on the role of the seal hunt and the claim for sovereignty over traditional ways.

The film is created and directed by Felix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphael with executive producers Kunuk and Norman Cohn.

Tungijuq premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

It has gone onto screen at the 2009 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival (winning the award for Best Short Drama) and the 34th Annual American Indian Film Festival. It is currently at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The film is visually stunning as the characters transform seamlessly from one form to another, as their environment shifts from land to sea.

Tagaq transforms from animal to human to seal and back again revealing a thought-provoking cycle of life.

There is no dialogue, only the pulsating rhythm of Tagaq’s throat singing to charge the film along.

Watch the film here and check out the film’s webpage for more details.

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2 Responses to “Tungijuq”

  1. 1 ylh February 8, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    I never knew seals had such scary eyes.

  1. 1 I Love Tanya Tagaq! « Inuit Expression Trackback on March 30, 2010 at 7:19 PM

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