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Nalujuk Night

2021 13 min
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Nalujuk Night
  • Labrador Doc Project
    The Labrador Documentary Project (Lab Doc Project) supports Indigenous storytelling by working with first-time Labrador Inuit filmmakers to create and distribute Inuit stories from Inuit perspectives. The Lab Doc Project is led by Inuit through community collaboration, and focuses on topics selected by the filmmakers through a process of reflection and community engagement. This initiative aims to elevate Indigenous storytelling in Newfoundland and Labrador, create film opportunities for Inuit, and proactively diversify our industry. There are four films in this Project, with two launching in 2021, and the remaining films launching in 2023.




Nalujuk Night is an up close look at an exhilarating, and sometimes terrifying, Labrador Inuit tradition. Every January 6th from the dark of the Nunatsiavut night, the Nalujuit appear on the sea ice. They walk on two legs, yet their faces are animalistic, skeletal, and otherworldly. Snow crunches underfoot as they approach their destination: the Inuit community of Nain.

Despite the frights, Nalujuk Night is a beloved annual event, showing that sometimes it can be fun to be scared. Rarely witnessed outside of Nunatsiavut, this annual event is an exciting chance for Inuit, young and old, to prove their courage and come together as a community to celebrate culture and tradition.

Inuk filmmaker Jennie Williams brings audiences directly into the action in this bone-chilling black and white short documentary about a winter night like no other.
  • writer
    Jennie Williams
  • director
    Jennie Williams
  • featuring
    Community of Nain, Nunatsiavut
  • director of photography
    Nigel Markham
    Duncan de Young
  • editor
    Justin Simms
  • sound editor
    Paul Steffler
  • original music
    Sarah Harris
  • production assistant
    David Dicker
    Ethan Angnatok
  • community logistics co-ordinator
    Willie Fox
    Billy Fox
    Kyle Ford
  • family collaborator
    Sarah Semigak
    Katie Winters
  • catering
    Heather Angnatok
    Atsanik Lodge
  • sound recordist
    Mark Neary
  • director of photography - trainee
    Jennie Williams
  • stills photographer
    Jennie Williams
  • mentor
    Courtney Montour
    Alanis Obomsawin
    Justin Simms
    Victoria Wells
    Ian Vatcher
  • cultural consultant
    Joan Dicker
    Heather Igloliorte
  • researcher
    Jennie Williams
  • inuktitut language advisor
    Solomon Semigak
  • inuktitut translation
    Katie Winters
  • throat singing
    Jennie Williams
  • drumming
    Jennie Williams
  • additional music recording
    Michelle LaCour
  • production supervisor
    Roz Power
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Lord
    Christopher MacIntosh
  • online editor
    Steve Cook
  • colourist
    Steve Cook
  • re-recording mixer
    Harvey Hyslop
  • foley engineer
    Matthew Thomson
  • foley artist
    Hilary Thomson
  • assistant editor
    Aaron Elliott
  • production coordinator
    Christine Williams
  • senior production coordinator
    Cheryl Murgatroyd
  • program administrator
    Leslie Anne Poyntz
    Camila Blos
  • marketing manager
    Jamie Hammond
    Johanna Lessard
  • marketing coordinator
    Eric Bondo
  • publicist
    Jennifer Mair
  • business affairs
    Peter Kallianiotis
    Dominique Aubry
  • associate producer - development
    Stephen Agluvak Puskas
  • production assistant - development
    Marian Rebeiro
  • associate producer
    Jason Edmunds
    Jayde Tynes
  • producer
    Latonia Hartery
    Kat Baulu
    Rohan Fernando
  • executive producer
    Annette Clarke

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