The 2001 film, Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner doesn’t have a lot of dialogue or fast action, but even in light of our fast paced lives in America, the show did keep my attention. The setting is in Eastern Arctic wilderness at the dawn of the first millennium, in Igloolik.
The population of Igloolik could fit in one igloo.
The Canadian film, directed by Zacharias Kunuk is the first feature film ever to be written, directed and acted entirely in Inuktitut.
It’s rated R for a reason as there is murder and sex. The 172 minute movie showcases the patience of forgiveness. The story tells of an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community. Atanarjuat battles the menace with immense resolution, spurred by his love for his wife and child.
A ceremony is performed in the end and the people who caused so much hurt were asked to leave the community. There was wailing and begging for more forgiveness, but the Inuit Grandmother stood her ground. The envy, greed, and hate walked out of the igloo.
“For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished, and forever they have no more share in all that is done under the sun.” (Eccl. 9: 5-6, ESV)