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If the Weather Permits

If the Weather Permits

| 27 min

This short documentary studies life in the village of Kangirsujuaq, Nunavik. In this community on the edge of the Arctic Ocean, children’s laughter fills the streets while the old people ponder the passage of time. They are nomads of the wide-open spaces who are trying to get used to the strange feeling of staying put. While the teenagers lap up Southern culture and play golf on the tundra to kill time, the Elders are slowly dying, as their entire culture seems to fade away.

Elisapie Isaac, a filmmaker born in Nunavik, decides to return to her roots on this breathtaking land. To bridge the growing gap between the young and the old, she speaks to her grandfather, now deceased, and confides in him her hopes and fears. Grappling with isolation, family relationships, resource extraction, land-based knowledges, the influence of Southern culture and the ongoing impacts of colonialism on Inuit ways of life, Elisapie Isaac offers a nuanced portrait of the North.

  • participation
    Naalak Nappaaluk
    Danny Alaku
    Timothy Etidloie
    Bobby Qamugaaluk
    Jimmy Kadjulik
  • research
    Elisapie Isaac
  • writer
    Elisapie Isaac
  • director
    Elisapie Isaac
  • assistant director
    Erica Pomerance
  • camera
    Alex Margineanu
  • location sound
    Yann Cleary
    Stéphane Barsalou
  • editor
    Marie-Christine Sarda
  • sound editor
    Martin Allard
    Marie-Ève Livernoche
  • script consultant
    Sophie Bissonnette
  • production manager
    Sylvie Lapointe
  • production assistant
    Bobby Qamugaaluk
  • narration text
    Manon Barbeau
    Elisapie Isaac
  • narration director
    Robert Gray
  • narration recording
    Dominic Cabana
  • foley artist
    Lise Wedlock
  • foley assistant
    Hilary Thomson
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • original music
    Alain Auger
  • musician
    Alain Auger
  • vocalist
    Elisapie Isaac
  • music re-recording
    Studio Cozmo
  • stills photographer
    Alex Margineanu
  • translator
    Harriet Keleutak
  • subtitles
    Elisapie Isaac
    Kathleen Fleming
  • technical support - editing
    Phyllis Lewis
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • online editor
    Denis Gathelier
  • re-recording
    Shelley Craig
  • archives
    Elisapie Isaac
  • technical coordinator
    Jean-François Laprise
  • administrator
    Denise DesLauriers
  • administrative staff
    Hélène Regimbal
    Lise Lévesque
    Marie-Christine Guité
  • marketing officer
    Joanne Carrière
    Nicole Côté
  • line producer
    Christian Medawar
    Johanne Bergeron
  • producer (development)
    Nicole Lamothe
  • producer
    Yves Bisaillon


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Ages 12 to 17

Ethics and Religious Culture - Religious Diversity/Heritage
Geography - Territory: Indigenous
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges

This documentary is a way for young people to learn more about the diversity of First Nations and their lands. The story of this young Inuit woman and the testimonials from members of her community can lead students to ask questions about the challenges faced by Canada’s Aboriginal peoples, e.g.: What role does modernity play? What are they doing to preserve their heritage? The teacher can wind up the conversation by asking everyone to think about the importance of his or her own roots.

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