A thrilling Arctic version of John Ford's classic western The Searchers (1956), made by Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (Cannes winner Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner).

Kunuk masterfully reimagines classic cinema to bring his people and their history to the forefront. Set in 1913, Maliglutit has a timeless quality, and patiently provides insight into Inuit life before a pivotal event. When Kuanana's home is attacked by raiders, relatives are killed and his wife and daughter kidnapped. The Inuk man has no option but to seek revenge and rescue his family. Setting out across the Arctic, aided by his family's spirit helper, the loon, he begins an arduous chase. Taking full advantage of the spellbinding landscape and casting members of his First Nations community, Kunuk weaves a magical and expressive tale.

Kunuk's filmmaking is consistently impressive. He has organized around himself the ideal artisans to imagine this tale of revenge set against the Arctic wasteland — to urban eyes, a miraculous achievement. – Bradley Warren, The Playlist

Like Ford's film, Kunuk's Maliglutit (Searchers) explores the repercussions of violence, asking whether these hunters have begun to act like those who have torn apart their family. Very unlike Ford, Kunuk questions not only the colonial ideology inherent to the western genre, but also the possibility of justice in a seemingly unjust world. – Toronto International Film Festival

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Zacharias Kunuk


94 mins

Inuktitut with English subtitles




Zacharias Kunuk

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Indigenous/First Nations, Features, Indigenous & First Nations, Focus on Canada, Filmmaking

World Sales: Isuma Distribution International