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ATANARJUAT THE FAST RUNNER

ZACHARIAS KUNUK

Canada / 2001 / 167'

The film portrays an epic saga based on an ancient Inuit legend set in the arctic wilderness near Igloolik at the dawn of te first millennium. Evil in the form of an unknown shaman divides a small nomadic community when the camp leader is murdered. The new leader, Sauri, drives his old rival Tulimaq down through mistreatment and ridicule, giving him bad name in the eyes of the community. Years pass and power begins to change when Tulimaq's two sons come of age - Amaqjuaq, the Strong One, and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner. They are the camp's best hunters and they provoke jealousy and rage in their rival Oki, the leader's ill-tempered son. When Atanarjuat wins away Oki's brideto-be, the beautiful Atuat, Oki conspires to murder the brothers.

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ZACHARIAS KUNUK

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