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ANGAKUSAJUAJUQ: The Shaman's Apprentice

BLOCK I | Last Looks 

Saturday, March 25 | 7 - 9:30 PM 

Winthrop University | Dina's Place at the DiGiorgio Campus Center

ANGAKUSAJUAJUQ: The Shaman's Apprentice
Screenings & Awards

2023 Academy Awards OSCAR Shortlist • 2022 Canadian Screen Award for Best Animated Short Film • Annecy International Animated Film Festival • Toronto International Film Festival • Ottawa International Animation Festival • Festival Stop Motion Montreal • Spark Animation • Santa Barbara Animation Festival • ImagineNATIVE Film Festival • Whistler Film Festival and Summit • Guanajuato International Film Festival • Leeds International Film Festival • South Western International Film Festival • Santa Barbara International Film Festival • Flickerfest International Short Film Festival • South By SouthWest Film Festival • Snowscreen Festival • Aspen Shortfest

Cast & Crew

ANIMATION | 2022 | 20 min. 


COUNTRY | Canada 

LANGUAGE | English, Inuktitut 

PRODUCERS | Zacharias Kunuk, Monica Ittusardjuat, Daniel Christopher, Louise Flaherty, Jonathan Frantz, Neil Christopher, Nadia Mike 

DIRECTOR | Zacharias Kunuk WRITERS | Zacharias Kunuk and Jonathan Frantz 

CAST | Madeline Ivalu, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Jacky Qrunnut


The Shaman’s Apprentice tells the story of a young shaman in training who must face her first test—a trip to the underground to visit Kannaaluk, The One Below, who holds the answers to why a community member has become ill. Facing dark spirits and physical challenges, the young shaman must trust the teachings of her grandmother and mentor, Ningiuq Angakkuq, and learn to control her fear.

About the Director

Zacharias Kunuk is an award-winning director and co-founder of the Isuma Collective. In addition to Atanarjuat The Fast Runner (Camera d’Or, 2001), Kunuk’s 30+ features and documentaries have screened at festivals and theatres around the world, including One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk (2019), which premiered at the 58th Biennale di Venezia as the main artpiece of the Canadian Pavilion.

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