Kinngait: Riding Light Into The World

HD CAM & DVD, 64:00’ & 47:50’, 2010

Directed by Annette Mangaard. Produced by David Craig.

Set in the Canadian Arctic, this is an intimate, first-hand account of how the isolated Inuit community of Cape Dorset became the internationally celebrated art capital of the North. This is the story of the success of Inuit artists who emerged from the most unlikely circumstances to capture the imaginations of people around the world.

The Baffin Island community of Cape Dorset is world-renowned for the art produced at the Inuit owned and operated Kinngait Studios. Weaving together many voices with images of iconic artworks, the film is a captivating chronicle of how art making replaced fur-trapping in the 1950s, detailing the complex relationships between the artists and their network of supporters. ‘Kinngait: Riding Light Into The World’ brings together artworks of successive generations that eloquently illustrate the immense changes experienced by Inuit to their way of life and their environment over the past half-century. Featuring hauntingly beautiful Arctic scenery and evocative music by Tanya Tagaq, Lucie Idlout and other contemporary Inuit performers.

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Critical Acclaim

"I really loved your film – it caught a moment of transition from generation to generation and echoed an epic tale of the Inuit people. Masterful, with an artists attention to detail" – Ron Mann, Sphinx Productions.