107 Umiaq Skin Boat

Umiaq Skin Boat (107)

11:15, Friday 03rd July, Theatre B


  • Director: Jobie Weetaluktuk (CAN)
  • Year: 2008
  • Run time: 31'
  • Format: NTSC, DVCAM

Umiaq Skin Boat is a beautiful and poetic 30-minute film about a group of Inuit elders in Inukjuak, Quebec who decide one summer to build the first traditional seal skin boat their community has seen in over 50 years. Once an essential vessel for travel and for hunting large prey like bowhead whales, the umiaq has been replaced in modern times by canoes powered with out-board motors. Over the course of working together on the boat, the elders recount astonishing stories of survival while navigating volatile and unforgiving Arctic waters, and of dangers both natural and man-made. Shot against the magnificent backdrop of the northern landscape, Umiaq Skin Boat bears witness to the resilience of the Inuit spirit in changing times.

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