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Two Films by Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk: Arviq! | Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change

Do, 02.02.2023, 18:30–20:30 Uhr

Donnerstagskino im Filmpodium: Ethnologische Themen der Zeit

Film by Paul Apak Angilirq and Zacharias Kunuk, Canada, 2002, 52'; Languages: English/Inuktitut with English subtitles.
Arviq! (Bowhead!)
94-year-old Noah Piugattuk’s wish to eat whale skin maqtaq – a soul food in which his Inuit existence culminates – once more in his life, despite the whaling ban that has already lasted more than 40 years, is the story’s starting point. Inuit tell this story of whaling differently than, for example, Western conservationists. The film shows the consequences of colonial and commercial exploitation of the Arctic for Inuit and demands attentive listening and understanding of their concerns and skills.

Film by Zacharias Kunuk and Ian Mauro, Canada, 2010, 60'; Languages: Inuktitut, English subtitles.
Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change
Inuit lived in a particularly close connection with their environment in order to be able to prosper in it. They observed their environment in detail every day, put themselves in relation to animals and landscape and had a constant conversation with them. This film features Inuit elders and hunters reflecting on climatic changes against the backdrop of their learned and embodied knowledge of the Arctic environment and climate.

A joint event of Filmpodium Zurich and the Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich. The film is shown at Filmpodium, Nüschelerstrasse 11, 8001 Zurich; short introduction by America curator Maike Powroznik. Tickets online:


Nüschelerstrasse 11
8001 Zürich

+41 44 634 90 11

Tram 2/9, Bus 66: Sihlstrasse
Tram 6/7/8/11/13: Paradeplatz
Tram 8 / S4/S10: Bahnhof Selnau

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