FILM - Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner is a 2001 Canadian feature film directed by Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (b. 1957). Performed entirely in the Inuktitut language, the film is based upon an ancient Inuit folk tale which involves a shaman's curse, rival brothers, broken love, murder, and (of course) Atanarjuat's run. An epic tragedy, it was a critical and commercial success and has been the.
Atanarjuat, known as the Fast Runner, defeats Oki to win the hand of Atuat. Embittered by the loss of Atuat, Oki and two of his friends years later go and kill Atanarjuat’s brother while Atanarjuat, stark naked, barely escapes. They chase him for hours across the snow. He hides with the brother of Oki’s grandmother and plots his revenge.
For countless generations, Igloolik elders have kept the legend of Atanarjuat alive to teach young Inuit the danger of setting personal desire above the needs of the group. Igloolik is a community of 1200 people located on a small island in the north Baffin region of the Canadian Arctic with archeological evidence of 4000 years of continuous habitation.
Overview of Fast Runner (Atanarjuat), The, 2001, directed by Zacharias Kunuk, with Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, at Turner Classic Movies.
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner comes off as a documentary, consistently eschewing polished camerawork in favour of jittery, on-the-fly cinematography. The acting, with amateurs in most of the roles, feels authentic. But all of that should be secondary to a compelling screenplay, which Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner is sorely lacking.
Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner and Its Audiences. Arnold Krupat. A rnold K rupat teaches literature in the Global Studies Faculty Group at Sarah Lawrence College. His most recent books are Red Matters: Native American Studies (2002) and The Turn to the Native: Studies in Criticism and Culture (1996).
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