Timuti

In this elegant and vast short film, artist Jobie Weetaluktuk turns his gaze on his family and the power of ritual through the story of a young woman and her unplanned child. In Inukjuak, an Inuit community in the Eastern Arctic, a baby boy has come into the world and they will call him Timuti—the name recurs across generations of his people, evoking other Timutis, alive and dead, who will nourish his spirit and shape his destiny. We bserve Inukjuak birth rituals including the traditional naming and dressing ceremonies, along with a Christian baptism. Scenes of domestic intimacy are set against the vast beauty of the North in this story of trepidation and renewal. With animation and archival imagery, the complex legacy of colonialism is weighed against the contemporary spirit of this ancient community.

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Film Credits

director
Jobie Weetaluktuk
participation
Andrew P. Atagotaaluk
Jacka Echalook
Elisapee Inukpuk
Kim Moorhouse
Timothy Napartuk
Bobby Nayoumealuk
Alacie Sherry Nayoumealuk
Timothy Tommy Nayoumealuk
Valerie Nayoumealuk
Annie Nowra
Lucy Weetaluktuk
animation
Jonathan Wright
Firas Momani
Fred Casia
director of photography
Sylvaine Dufaux
sound recordist
Claude Hazanavicius
editor
MeiYen Chan
original music
Geronimo Inutiq
sound editing
Don Ayer
art director
Elisapee Inukpuk
music
Elisapee Inukpuk
researcher
Carol Rowan
re-recording
Jean Paul Vialard
producer
Kat Baulu

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