Rarely has the physical beauty of the far north during its extended daylight summers been so rapturously captured on film. A rare example of two women co-directing a film together, it is easy to guess which sequences were shot by which party, as the story concerns the meeting of two cultures; one filmmaker is Inuit, while the other is Quebecoise.
A Montreal woman decides it would be a good thing to take her son to Nunavut to meet his extended family, relatives of the late Inuit father he never knew. The expected negative attitude towards his northern relatives is fairly short-lived; the boy is charmed by the warm welcome he receives and takes to such tasks as seal hunting with enthusiasm. He learns about the circumstances of his father’s death and feels that he is coming to understand a part of himself that had heretofore felt unfulfilled. By the end of the trip, he really doesn’t want to return back to so-called civilization.
Co-produced by Kunuk Cohn Productions, the same company that made the breakout hit ATANARJUAT: THE FAST RUNNER, this is a gentler story about a 14-year-old’s coming of age, bathed in the golden glow of Nunavut’s midnight sun. It is a uniquely Canadian story, an insight into a threatened way of life.