- Tonight at 7 p.m. ET, Uvagut TV will screen the short film.
- A recent film by a Nunavut filmmaker has gotten a lot of attention.
An Inuk filmmaker in Nunavut developed a documentary on how the unexpected new protocols affected her family and community as the global pandemic spread into the Arctic. Carol Kunnuk’s 10-minute short film is a highly detailed and sensitive description of disruption and adjustment in her Igloolik household.
“This film is about the COVID crisis we went through when we first got out in Nunavut that COVID was now active and everyone had to isolate themselves and follow health restrictions,” Kunnuk explained. “I wanted to show the kind of position we were in, in a small community with no hospital, no emergency care, and how we handled COVID 19,” she says.
The film begins with a personal clip of her family at home, with one youngster washing her hands and completing a craft, a baby being written to, and most of it overlaid with COVID-19 news broadcasts in both Inuktitut and English.
Children in the village, according to Kunnuk, we are not able to attend school at the time. “It was a hard time for all of us,” she recalls of that period.
“Due to Health Department regulations, we were no longer able to see our relatives. So even though we lived in the same neighborhood, I did not see my grandkids for almost three months, “she stated. “This was a movie of me in a tiny house with two kids not allowed to go anywhere for about a couple of months. Also, I had my daughters improvise, or to take the camera themselves,” she said.
A scene in the film depicts a family checking fish nets on the sea ice. Being Prepared is the film’s title, which will air on Uvagut TV on Monday at 7 p.m. ET. “The title of the movie is ‘Being Prepared,'” she explained, “because we were getting ready and thinking how we were going to adapt to COVID-19 and be prepared for emergencies when it came into a little village.”
Kunnuk is an actor, filmmaker, director, editor, and producer. She creates Inuit-style content that is published in Inuktitut.
source: CBC News