Thursday Lates: Film Screenings

Thursday Lates: Film Screenings

March 14, 2019 at 7:00pm

In conjunction with SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut, curated by Heather Igloliorte, the MacKenzie Art Gallery will be featuring "Stories from the Circumpolar Region" as part of our Thursday Lates programming. This complimentary program features stories from the artists and in film highlighting the life, the people, the culture, and the land of the Arctic polar region with an emphasis on the Labrador region.

More information on SakKijâjuk:

This week, enjoy Shaman (Directed by Echo Henoche, 5 min, 2017) and Lament for the Land (Directed by Ashelee Consolo Willox, 36:04 min, 2014).


Shaman, an animated short, tells the story of a ferocious polar bear turned to stone by an Inuk shaman. The tale is based on emerging filmmaker Echo Henoche's favourite legend, as told to her by her grandmother in her home community of Nain, Nunatsiavut, on Labrador's North Coast. Hand-drawn and pained by Henoche in a style all her own, Shaman is the first collaboration between the Labrador artist and the National Film Board.

Told through the voices of 24 people from Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Lament for the Land weaves together the voices and wisdom of Labrador Inuit with stunning visual scenery to tell a powerful story of change, loss, and hope in the context of rapid climate change in the North. A collaboration between researcher Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo Willox and the five communities of Nunatsiavut, this film brings attention to some of the most pressing climatic and environmental issues of our time, and the resulting mental, emotional, and cultural impacts on one of Canada's oldest and most enduring cultures.