Join Cinema Politica Concordia for the Montreal premiere of TAUTUKTAVUK (WHAT WE SEE) followed by a discussion with director Lucy Tulugarjuk and guest of honour Alanis Obomsawin, moderated by Asinnajaq.
The film explores issues of domestic violence and substance abuse from the perspective of two Inuit women.
About the film
TAUTUKTAVUK (WHAT WE SEE)
Carol Kunnuk & Lucy Tulugarjuk / Canada / 2023 / 1h22m / Inuktitut with Eng Subs
After experiencing a traumatic event in Igloolik (an Inuit hamlet in Foxe Basin, Qikiqtaaluk Regionin Nunavut), Uyarak leaves her community and family in Nunavut to live in Montréal. When Covid-19 lockdowns close off the Canadian Arctic from the rest of the world, Uyarak is further separated from her closest friend, eldest sister, Saqpinak. This extreme situation blurs the linesof both the fictional lives of the sisters, and the non-fiction lives of the film’s directors, Lucy Tulugarjuk and Carol Kunnuk, who play the sister. The film becomes a series of vignettes of heartache and healing – both in the dramatic based on-true-events narrative, and the lived reality of these characters and creators.
Uyarak doesn’t remember much about one terrible night of domestic violence, but Saqpinak does. Through Zoom calls, Uyarak talks about healing from years of trauma and abuse, and how the counselling sessions she goes to, and other cultural reconnections, are helping her heal. At the same time, Saqpinak is raising a family and hosting live shows about her community. Things are difficult at home – Saqpinak herself is experiencing domestic abuse at home but is waiting to talk about this to Uyarak when she can get home.
When Covid-19 restrictions ease, Uyarak is finally able to travel home to Igloolik. At home, she embarks on a deeper healing journey visiting with family and elders, in town, and out on the land. Uyarak and Saqpinak share more stories and support one another in their short time together before Uyarak must return to Montréal.
This event is co-sponsored by CCSL (Concordia Council on Student Life).
Admission is by donation ($5-10 suggested). The venue is wheelchair accessible. In order to prevent the spreading of COVID 19, wearing a mask at Cinema Politica Concordia events is strongly recommended.