Searchers

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Canada | 2016 | 94 minutes | Zacharias Kunuk

Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) returns with an indigenous update to John Ford’s The Searchers, in which a hunter in the tundra of the Canadian Arctic pursues the marauders who have kidnapped his family.

"A thrilling Inuk western, recreating frontier hardships with a sensitivity to the racial and colonial implications of the established western"Bradley Warren, The Playlist

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It's 1913, and Inuit hunter Kuanana and his son appear onscreen as specks among the frozen, limitless tundra of the Canadian Arctic. They are returning home after a caribou hunt and wish for a warm welcome and the loving embrace of their family. Instead, they discover their camp ransacked, bodies strewn about the snow, and Kuanana's wife and daughter missing. With only dogsleds and two bullets on hand, Kuanana gives chase, hoping to catch up with the posse before it's too late. If this tale sounds familiar, then you and Inuk director Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, SIFF 2002) are both fans of John Ford's epic 1956 western The Searchers, of which this is a spiritual remake; here, though, Kunuk tells the story from an indigenous perspective, changing the dynamic so that both heroes and kidnappers are Inuit and opting out of the original film's racial relations between John Wayne's cowboy and the Native American tribe who ran off with young Natalie Wood. The result is a widescreen marvel of a Western (or should we say "Northern"), with long, lingering takes and a revenge plot that is just as violent and cold as the the desolate Nunavut territory they traverse.

Director Biography

Canadian filmmakers Zacharias Kunuk and Natar Ungalaaq were first partnered in the 2006 film The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, with Kunuk directing and Ungalaaq performing. Searchers marks Ungalaaq's directorial debut.

Sponsored by Canadian Studies Center UW, Consulate General of Canada, Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund

  • Original Language Title: Maliglutit
  • Director: Zacharias Kunuk
  • Principal Cast: Benjamin Kunuk, Karen Ivalu, Jonah Qunaq
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Producer: Jonathan Frantz, Zacharias Kunuk, Cara Di Staulo
  • Screenplay: Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk
  • Cinematographers: Jonathan Frantz
  • Editors: Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk
  • Music: Chris Crilly, Tanya Tagaq
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006); Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)
  • Language: Inuktitut
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP