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Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is an Inuit filmmaker from the Canadian Arctic, where her production company, Unikkaat Studios, is based. For her award-winning APTN documentary “Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos”, Alethea travelled across the Arctic to speak with elders about Inuit tattoo practices and the causes of their near-disappearance—before getting her own traditional face tattoos. She also directed the hypnotic short “Inuit High Kick”, the award-winning NFB animation “Lumaajuuq: The Blind Boy and the Loon”, and the animated short “Sloth”. The latter was one of 15 shorts selected by renowned film programmer Danny Lennon for Telefilm’s “Perspective Canada” screenings at the Cannes Film Market. She was an executive producer on Miranda de Pencier’s award-winning “Throat Song” and co-produced both “Arctic Defenders”, a feature documentary by John Walker, and, with White Pine Pictures, the feature documentary “Experimental Eskimos”. Most recently, Alethea directed “Aviliaq: Entwined” as part of the Embargo Project.
Two of her creations will be screened in original version subtitled during the Festival, and we can’t wait!