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| 29 min

In this short film, artist Jobie Weetaluktuk turns his gaze on his family and the power of ritual through the story of a young woman and her unplanned child.

In Inukjuak, an Inuit community in the Eastern Arctic, a baby boy has come into the world and they call him Timuti, a name that recurs across generations of his people, evoking other Timutis, alive and dead, who will nourish his spirit and shape his destiny.

  • director
    Jobie Weetaluktuk
  • participation
    Andrew P. Atagotaaluk
    Jacka Echalook
    Elisapee Inukpuk
    Kim Moorhouse
    Timothy Napartuk
    Bobby Nayoumealuk
    Alacie Sherry Nayoumealuk
    Timothy Tommy Nayoumealuk
    Valerie Nayoumealuk
    Annie Nowra
    Lucy Weetaluktuk
  • animation
    Jonathan Wright
    Firas Momani
    Fred Casia
  • director of photography
    Sylvaine Dufaux
  • sound recordist
    Claude Hazanavicius
  • editor
    MeiYen Chan
  • original music
    Geronimo Inutiq
  • music - performance
    Sylvia Cloutier
  • sound editing
    Don Ayer
  • 1st assistant director
    Isabella-Rose Rowan Weetaluktuk
  • production manager
    Jason Annahatak
  • art director
    Elisapee Inukpuk
  • grip
    Claude Sauvageau
  • data wrangler
    Jean-Sébastien Caron
  • 1st assistant camera
    Martine Leclerc
  • catering
    Mélanie Boudreau
    Eva Nutara
    François St-Jean
  • production assistant
    Antony Routledge
  • music
    Elisapee Inukpuk
  • researcher
    Carol Rowan
  • online editor
    Denis Gathelier
  • head of coordination and project support
    Pierre Ferlatte
  • technical coordination, projects
    Steve Hallé
  • technical coordinator - shooting equipment
    Steve Hallé
  • project technical coordinator
    Julie Laperrière
    Jean-François Laprise
    France Couture
  • digital editing technician
    Pierre Dupont
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Patrick Trahan
  • digital imaging specialist
    Éloi Champagne
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • transcription
    Jason Annahatak
  • mentor
    Lynn Trout
    Robbie Ditchburn
  • trainer
    Lynn Trout
    Robbie Ditchburn
  • translation
    Jason Annahatak
    Jobie Weetaluktuk
    Robert Paquin
  • marketing manager
    Jean Saad
  • publicist
    Pat Dillon
  • publicity stills
    Sylvaine Dufaux
    Jason Annahatak
  • senior production coordinator
    Isabelle Limoges
  • production coordinator
    Christine Williams
  • program administrator
    Leslie Anne Poyntz
  • producer
    Kat Baulu
  • executive producer
    Ravida Din


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Ages 10 to 18

Diversity - Identity
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Social Studies - Communities in Canada/World

Timuti is a visually powerful film that combines scenes of family life, archival footage, and shots of arctic landscapes to illustrate how individual identity is born of tradition, continuity and change. Have students take particular note of the tone of the dialogue in the film. What does it indicate about the culture into which Timuti is born? Ask students to consider how their own identities may have been influenced by a family or a cultural tradition. Is there anyone in the classroom who has been named for a relative, and do they know why they were given that name?

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