Atanarjuat the Fast Runner

Atanarjuat the Fast Runner


Plot Summary 

This adaptation of an ancient Inuit legend was filmed in Inuktitut and directed by Inuit filmmakers - making Atanarjuat the first feature film of its kind! Set in Igloolik, in Nunavut, this is "a powerful drama, not a documentary," reminds the director Kunuk. "It demystifies the exotic, otherwordly aboriginal stereotype by telling a universal story." The clothes, spears, kayaks, sunglasses and dwellings were all painstakingly researched. "We show how our ancestors dressed, how they handled their dog teams, how they argued and laughed.. confronted evil and fought back." Many enthusiastic viewers have compared this epic story to The Iliad. In the words of one movie critic, "If Homer had been given a video camera, this is what he would have done!"

Cast & Crew


Natar Ungalaaq


Zacharias Kunuk


Sylvia Ivalu


Paul Apak Angliirq


Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq


Paul Apak Angilirq


Norman Cohn


Zacharias Kunuk

    Distribution Entertainment One

Additional Information

Rating AA Running time 161 minutes


Released 2001