Nowhere Land

Nowhere Land

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This short documentary is a quiet elegy for the ancestral Inuit way of life, which exists now only in the memories of those who experienced it. Bonnie Ammaaq and her family remember it vividly. When Bonnie was a little girl, her parents packed up their essentials, bundled her and her younger brother onto a long, fur-lined sled called a qamutik, and left the government-manufactured community of Igloolik to live off the land as had generations of Inuit before them. For 11 years their home was not just the small shack called “Outpost Camp” but the entire vast and beautiful territory that lay outside its door. For them, the wild open tundra wasn’t just somewhere to live, it was somewhere -- whereas the settlement of Igloolik, with its raucous snowmobiles, flat and snowy landscapes and relative hustle-bustle, is unquestionably nowhere.

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Credits
  • director
    Rosie Bonnie Ammaaq
  • writer
    Rosie Bonnie Ammaaq
    Alicia Smith
  • producer
    Alicia Smith
  • executive producer
    David Christensen
  • narration
    Rosie Bonnie Ammaaq
  • director of photography
    Nate Smith
  • sound recording
    Christine Fellows
  • music recordist
    Christine Fellows
  • sound design
    Christine Fellows
  • picture editor
    Erika MacPherson
  • sound mix engineer
    Howard Rissin

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