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One of the most important Native films of all time, Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner tells a powerful and moving story about honor, betrayal, vengeance, and redemption. Set in the vast, visually stunning Arctic landscape, it was the first feature film written, directed, and acted entirely in Inuktitut, the language of Canadaâs Inuit people. Canadaâs top-grossing release of 2002, the film became an international phenomenon, receiving the prestigious Camera dâOr Award at the Cannes Film Festival and earning rave reviews from every quarter, including Margaret Atwood (âlike Homer with a video cameraâ), Claude LÃ©vi-Strauss, Jacques Chirac, and Roger Ebert.
âThe Fast Runnerâ:Â Filming the Legend of Atanarjuat takes readers behind the cameras, introducing them to the culture, history, traditions, and people that made this movie extraordinary. Michael Robert Evans explores how the epic film, perhaps the most significant text ever produced by indigenous filmmakers, artfully married the latest in video technology with the traditional storytelling of the Inuit. Tracing Atanarjuat from inception through production to reception, Evans shows how the filmmakers managed this complex intercultural âmarriageâ; how Igloolik Isuma Productions, the worldâs premier indigenous film company, works; and how Inuit history and culture affected the filmâs production, release, and worldwide response. His book is a unique, enlightening introduction and analysis of a film thatÂ serves as a model of autonomous media production for the more than 350 million indigenous people around the world.