Three Thousand

Three Thousand

                                Three Thousand
| 14 min

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In this short film, Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe—14 minutes of luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recast the present, past and future of her people in a radiant new light.

Diving into the NFB’s vast archive, she parses the complicated cinematic representation of the Inuit, harvesting fleeting truths and fortuitous accidents from a range of sources—newsreels, propaganda, ethnographic docs, and work by Indigenous filmmakers. Embedding historic footage into original animation, she conjures up a vision of hope and beautiful possibility.

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Three Thousand, Asinnajaq, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • writer
  • director
  • animator
    Jonathan Ng
    Patrick Defasten
  • field recording
  • editor
    Annie Jean
  • original music
    Olivier Alary
  • throat singing
    Tanya Tagaq
    Celina Kalluk
  • singer
  • sound design
    Catherine Van Der Donckt
  • sound editing
    Catherine Van Der Donckt
  • sound consultant
    Benoît Dame
  • foley artist
    Karla Baumgardner
  • illustrations
    Naluturuk Weetaluktuk
    Tanya Innaarulik
  • researcher
  • consultant
    Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
    Tanya Tagaq
    Geronimo Inutiq
    Judith Gruber-Stitzer
  • online editor
    Yannick Carrier
  • head of coordination and project support
    Pierre Ferlatte
  • head, Technical resources
    Steve Hallé
  • project technical coordinator
    Jean-François Laprise
  • digital editing technician
    Pierre Dupont
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Patrick Trahan
  • technical director, animation
    Éloi Champagne
  • technical animation coordinator
    Randall Finnerty
  • re-recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • voice coaching
    Alanis Obomsawin
    Jobie Weetaluktuk
  • translation
    Jobie Weetaluktuk
    Mylène Augustin
  • marketing manager
    Amanda Laukys
  • publicist
    Pat Dillon
  • senior production coordinator
    Camila Blos
    Isabelle Limoges
  • production coordinator
    Christine Williams
  • program administrator
    Leslie Anne Poyntz
    Camila Blos
  • producer
    Kat Baulu
  • executive producer
    Annette Clarke
  • executive director
    Michelle van Beusekom

  • Colleen

    Thank you Asinnajaq and the others you credit, for this beautiful and deeply moving art piece. None has said it so well before me. That still beam of light sliding out to the horizon then up and into the star universe is just one visually exquisite moment. The two toothed birth imagery, an imagined future landscape, the archived families and transitioning imagery were all deeply moving. Qujanaq beautiful.

    Colleen, 21 Jul 2021
  • None

    A visually stunning poignant film. I loved how it juxtaposed her community across time and the positioning of culture and colonization as a presence throughout. It was so powerful so see a depiction of the future like this.

    None, 1 Jul 2020
  • None

    It's been said that filmmakers are mandated to give us new visions that aid us to survive and thrive. This film gave me a new vision and enabled me to see a better future. I came here to see something my mind could never create, that no mind I know could ever think of creating, and that's what I got.

    None, 25 Mar 2020
  • mala_phoebe


    mala_phoebe, 10 Aug 2019
  • None

    When will this film be available?

    None, 26 Feb 2019
  • None

    How/ Where can I see this? Is there a sense of when it will be available?

    None, 20 Nov 2018

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