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Aki'name (On the Wall)

Aki'name (On the Wall)

| 22 min

When Canada was preparing to welcome the world to Expo 67 in Montreal, two artists who contributed their talents were Inuit stonecarvers Kumukluk Saggiak and Elijah Pudlat. They decorated a giant mural in the Canadian pavilion, Katimavik (the meeting place). This film shows the two carvers at work on their wall and also conveys some of their impressions of life in suburbia.

Please note that this is an archival film that makes use of the word “Eskimo,” an outdated and offensive term. While the origin of the word is a matter of some contention, it is no longer used in Canada. The term was formally rejected by the Inuit Circumpolar Council in 1980 and has subsequently not been in use at the NFB for decades. This film is therefore a time-capsule of a bygone era, presented in its original version. The NFB apologizes for the offence caused.


Credits
  • director
    David Millar
  • producer
    Daisy De Bellefeuille
  • camera
    Rene Verzier
  • sound
    Rene Verzier
    Jacques Drouin
  • editing
    Alan Davis
  • sound editing
    Marguerite Payette
  • re-recording
    George Croll

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