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The Man and the Giant: An Eskimo Legend

The Man and the Giant: An Eskimo Legend

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This short film, in which a hunter is pursued, bound up and carried to a cave, tells the legend of a river, and of how fog came to the land. The story is enacted by Inuit using katadjak or throatsinging. The audience is locked in an alien world of sights and sounds where human activity seems propulsed by primeval forces.

Please note that this is an archival film that makes use of the word “Eskimo,” an outdated and offensive term.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.

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The Man and the Giant: An Eskimo Legend, Co Hoedeman, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Co Hoedeman
  • producer
    Pierre Moretti
  • camera
    André-Luc Dupont
  • editing
    Richard Robesco
  • sound editing
    Richard Robesco
  • re-recording
    Michel Descombes
  • music
    Marie Sivuarapi
    Alicie Tookalak
    Aikimie Novalinga
    Nellie Nunga
  • cast
    Paulosie Aupoluk
    Mina Mathews
    Peter Mathews
    Josua Novalinga
    Rita Novalinga
    Adamie Sivuarapi