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Stories From Our Land 1.5: Going Home

2011 5 min
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There’s a lot happening in the Arctic. Canadians are talking about environmental, geopolitical, military and cultural issues, and Stories from Our Land: 1.5 adds engaging voices to the discussion. The Stories program gave 6 Nunavut filmmakers the opportunity to create a 5-minute short that followed a couple of key guidelines: Each film had to be made without the use of interviews or narration, and it had to tell a northern story from a northern perspective. Going Home Abdoul Aziz Sakho fastens his rooftop sign - number 148 - to his cab and embarks on an evening of driving mostly familiar …

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There’s a lot happening in the Arctic. Canadians are talking about environmental, geopolitical, military and cultural issues, and Stories from Our Land: 1.5 adds engaging voices to the discussion. The Stories program gave 6 Nunavut filmmakers the opportunity to create a 5-minute short that followed a couple of key guidelines: Each film had to be made without the use of interviews or narration, and it had to tell a northern story from a northern perspective.

Going Home
Abdoul Aziz Sakho fastens his rooftop sign - number 148 - to his cab and embarks on an evening of driving mostly familiar passengers to their destinations in and around Iqaluit. It's a routine night ... until Sakho picks up an unsettling fare.

Filmmaker Bjorn Simonsen lives in Iqaluit.
  • writer
    Bjorn Simonsen
  • director
    Bjorn Simonsen
  • editor
    Bjorn Simonsen
  • cinematographer
    Bjorn Simonsen
  • director mentor
    Marlene Millar
  • participant
    Abdoul Aziz Sakho
  • production coordinator
    Ginette D'Silva
    Faye Yoneda
  • production supervisor
    Mark Power
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
  • program administrator
    Darin Clausen
  • producer
    David Christensen
  • executive producer
    David Christensen

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Education

Ages 15 to 17
After viewing this short documentary, locate Iqaluit, Nunavut, on a map of Canada. Engage the class in a discussion beginning with the dangers of driving a taxi in Iqaluit for a living. What other transportation options are there in Iqaluit? What would make Iqaluit an attractive place to live and work? What kinds of jobs would one likely find there? Assign students to research the most dangerous jobs in Canada, as well as those in their specific province or territory.
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