Journal of the North Atlantic & Arctic

Female Filmmakers of the North

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Controversy
or Culture?

Writer:
Sigríður Pétursdóttir

Story in Short:

Both sides of the North Atlantic recently saw documentaries released that cast light on a controversial subject many have strong opinions on, but few know first hand - at least outside of the Arctic region.

Seal hunting.  

 
 

The making of one film originated in curiosity about this old North Norwegian tradition and the people who still do it, on a single ship where before there was a fleet of two hundred.

The making of the other documentary originated in human rights activism and the ongoing fight of Inuit people for the right to continue living traditionally off the same arctic nature that has kept them alive for thousands of years.

The two films are, Sealers: One last hunt, made by Gry Elisabeth Mortensen and Trude B. Ottersen in Tromsö, North Norway and Angry Inuk, made by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril from Iqaluit in Nunavut, Canada.  Interviewing these three filmmakers on their remarkable work, marks the beginning of a series of interviews and articles on women in film in our region, Female Filmmakers of the North.  


Read Each Story Here:

 
 
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