Join DISE Artist-in-Residence Lori Beavis every Thursday, 4pm-6pm, for our Weekly Indigenous Film Series. The series will feature documentaries and feature films by Indigenous filmmakers, screened in Education Building room 233 (EDUC-233), 3700 McTavish.

This week’s film is Before Tomorrow (2008) (1hr33min)
Thursday, December 1 @ 4pm
Dir.Marie-Helene Cosineau & Madeline Ivalu

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Two isolated families meet for a summertime celebration. Food is abundant and the future seems bright, but Ningiuq, a wise old woman, sees her world as fragile and moves through it with a pervasive sense of dread. Ningiuq and her grandson Maniq are dropped off on a remote island, where, every year, the family dries the catch and stores it for winter. The task is soon finished. As summer turns to fall, they wait in vain for the others to pick them up.

Set in a small Inuit community in the Nunavik region of northern Quebec in the 1840s, the film stars Madeline Ivalu as Ninioq, an Inuk elder isolated with her grandson Maniq (Paul-Dylan Ivalu) after most of their community perishes from smallpox transmitted by strange traders. The film’s cast also includes Mary Qulitalik as Kuutujuk, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq as Apak and Tumasie Sivuarapik as Kukik. The film was shot near Puvirnituq in Nunavik, northern Quebec.  The film is an adaptation of the novel Før Morgendagen by Danish writer Jørn Riel. It was the third film released by Igloolik Isuma Productions, an Inuit film studio best known for the film Atanarjuat, and is the first feature film to be made by Arnait Video Productions, a women’s Inuit film collective.

Marie-Hélène Cousineau is a Canadian film director and producer who has lived in the Nunavut since 1991. She is a cofounder of the filmmaking collective Arnait Video Productions. Before Tomorrow (2008) is her most noted film. She codirected and co-wrote  the film with Madeline Ivalu, a Canadian Inuk filmmaker and actor. Ivalu co-starred in the film with her real-life grandson, Paul-Dylan Ivalu.

Cousineau and Ivalu were shortlisted Genie Award nominees for Best Director, and alongside cowriter Susan Avingaq for Best Adapted Screenplay, at the 30th Genie Awards in 2010.

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