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Circumpolar Cinema: Aka Hansen

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Nuuk-based Aka Hansen is a trailblazing member of the country’s new generation of emerging filmmakers. While much of her work is made with a Greenlandic audience in mind, her experimental shorts and horror features have garnered just as much attention from international viewers.

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Circumpolar Cinema: Katie Doane Avery

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From intimate family dramas and coming-of-age romances to a steam punk, alt-historical epic lead by four Indigenous women in the Old West, Iñupiaq filmmaker Katie Doane Avery’s category-defying stories continue to challenge the stereotypical tropes that often pervade narrative filmmaking.

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Circumpolar Cinema: Mosha Folger

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Films and filmmaking have been an integral part of Ottawa-based Mosha Folger’s life since he can remember. From documentaries to stop motion shorts and music videos, the director captures the nuances of numerous social, economic and political issues facing those living throughout the Arctic.

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Circumpolar Cinema: Glenn Gear

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Originally from Newfoundland, Montreal-based animator, filmmaker and visual artist Glenn Gear is often inspired by the exploration of his identity as an urban Inuk with ancestral ties to Nunatsiavut. Working with moving images and installations, the artist captures the liminal space between natural and built environments.

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Profile: Ooloosie Saila

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One of the most original young artists working in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, today, Saila has gained an almost immediate, enthusiastic following in the South for her whimsical creatures and otherworldly landscapes.

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PROFILE: Maureen Gruben

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Spotlight on Emerging Talent

“The smell of moose hide is a very warm, inviting smell. As an Indigenous person, it brings you home [from] wherever you are as there is this connection to the land and the smell of smoke and hide; it’s a very familiar smell.”

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PROFILE: Couzyn van Heuvelen

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Spotlight on Emerging Talent

Iqaluit-born sculptor and installation artist Couzyn van Heuvelen might be most recognized for his recent artwork at iNuit blanche, shimmering silver, sealskin-patterned balloons. (Full disclosure, I was a co-curator of the festival but the proof is in the proverbial Instagram pudding.) The project, titled Avataq, consists of several handmade foil balloons resembling traditional sealskin floats. Read More

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