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This Land

This Land

| 35 min

This short documentary recounts a 2000-km expedition undertaken by 7 rangers (both Inuit and non-Native) and a female filmmaker to raise a flag on the northernmost tip of Canadian soil, 412 km from the North Pole. With a mesmerizing soundtrack by Nunavut-born singer Tanya Tagaq and spectacular footage of the Arctic landscape, This Land captures the epic adventure with raw immediacy.

  • writer
    Dianne Whelan
  • director
    Dianne Whelan
  • producer
    Selwyn Jacob
  • editor
    Ileana Pietrobruno
  • composer
    Tanya Tagaq
  • director of photography
    Dianne Whelan
  • 2nd unit director
    Dave Henningson
  • 2nd unit camera
    Dave Henningson
  • sound design
    Gael MacLean
  • music supervision
    Gael MacLean
  • narrator
    Tanya Tagaq
  • graphic artist
    Michael Mann
    Jean-Denis Rouette
  • assistant editor
    Bongani Ngugama
  • clearances
    Found Images Research
  • translator
    Joe Amarualik
  • consultant
    Nettie Wild
    Siobhan Flanagan
  • additional materials
    Doug Stern
  • re-recording engineer
    Doug Paterson
  • audio post
    Rukkus House
  • post-production services
    Technicolor Creative Services
  • production coordinator
    Jennifer Roworth
  • technical coordinator
    Wes Machnikowski
  • production supervisor
    Kathryn Lynch
  • marketing manager
    Kay Leung
  • program administrator
    Bruce Hagerman
  • executive producer
    Tracey Friesen


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Ages 16 to 17

Family Studies/Home Economics - Feminism
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Science - Environmental Science

Have film students assess: effect of music on mood and setting (who is Tanya Tagaq?); effect of cinematographic techniques in capturing the North; and the shaping of the narrative. Have Social Studies and Geography students examine the effect of Western cultures on the Aboriginal peoples, history of governance of Nunavut, and especially Arctic sovereignty issues. Have students research effects of Arctic water warming, and assess remedial measures to date.

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