Timuti

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  • 29 min 57 s

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 observe 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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