The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  112 min.
Release Date: September 29, 2006
DVD: May 22, 2007

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Cast: Pakkak Innukshuk, Leah Angutimarik, Jens Jorn Spottag, Jakob Cedergren, Kim Bodnia, Neeve Utak, Samuelie Ammaq, Sofie Danielson

Synopsis

January 1922. With powerful forces of a new century pressing in around them, Danish explorer and scientist Knud Rasmussen visits the isolated camp of the great Iglulik shaman, Aua. For Rasmussen and his protégé, the young anthropologist Therkel Mathiassen, arriving at Aua’s family camp is like falling into Paradise, an arctic Garden of Eden with an intoxicating mix of spiritual and physical vitality, joyful intelligence and exuberant generosity.

What the Danes don’t realize is Aua’s temporary fortress of beauty and tranquility stands surrounded by the steamroller of the 20th century—the introduction of Inuit language Christian bibles, increasing dependence on foreign trade goods and the first police investigation of a murder of a white man—and that nomadic Inuit can’t stay in one place even if there’s nowhere safe to go.

Director: Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Zacharias Kunuk, Elise Lund Larsen, Vibeke Vogel
Screenplay: Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk
Official Site: www.isuma.ca/thejournals/en/

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