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      May 5, 2019

      Sunday  11:30 AM

      625 C Street
      Anchorage, Alaska 99501

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      Circumpolar Film Fest


      11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5Auditorium & Atrium

      View a selection of feature-length and short films. Included with admission.

      Family-Friendly Film: Tia and Piujuq
      11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 5 Auditorium
      Directed by Lucy Tulugarjuk
      Tia, a 10-year-old Syrian refugee living in Montreal, finds a magic portal and travels to
      the Arctic where she befriends an Inuk girl with who she immerses herself in a world of
      Inuit myth and magic. 80 min, Canada. English/Arabic/French/Inuktitut with English

      SGAAWAAY K’UUNA (Edge of the Knife)
      1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5
      Directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown
      100 min, Canada. Haida with English subtitles
      In a 19th-century summer, two large families gather for their annual fishing retreat on
      the far-removed island of Haida Gwaii. Adiits'ii, a charming nobleman, accidentally
      causes the death of his best friend Kwa's son and hastens into the wilderness. Adiits'ii is
      tormented by what he has done and spirals into insanity, becoming Gaagiixid, a
      supernatural being crazed by hunger. He unexpectedly survives the winter, and at next
      year's gathering, the families try to convert Gaagiixid back to Adiitst'ii.

      Edge of the Knife (Haida: SG̲aawaay Ḵ'uuna) is a 2018 Canadian drama co-directed by
      Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown. It is the first feature film spoken only in
      dialects of the Haida language. The film was created primarily by indigenous people,
      including the co-directors, a mostly amateur crew, and the Haida cast. In 2017, Edge of
      the Knife actors were taught to speak Haida at a two-week training camp and
      throughout the five weeks of filming. Edge of the Knife made its public premiere at the
      Toronto International Film Festival, which named the film in its annual Canada’s Top
      Ten list. This is the first Alaskan screening.

      Kortfilm: Norwegian Shorts 2
      3:30 p.m. Auditorium
      Short format filmmaking can tackle global topics in both documentary and narrative
      forms; in this program of short films, Norwegian filmmakers allow us insight into
      perspectives from youth culture in urban Oslo to women from drastically different
      backgrounds making a life in the wilds of arctic Norway. Curated by Oslove Film Festival
      organizers, Ida Myklebost and John Gamache. 85 min.

      Bjarne vil ikke på film (Bjarne Hates the Camera)
      Documentary. Directed by Weronika Nitsch, 2018. 40 min
      “Bjarne Hates the Camera” is the story of a foreign filmmaker who invades the life of
      her neighbour Bjarne. Who is he? She asks him about life and death, hopes and
      dreams. He asks if she ́s going to stop anytime soon. But when the woman behind the
      camera refuses to stop, a relationship rarely caught on film is born - full of absurdities,
      warmth and humour. And mostly just a bunch of unanswered questions.

      Narrative short. Directed by Truls Krane Meby, 2018. 9 min.
      Walid (17) has fled from Syria to the Arctic Circle. As his family is stuck in the Balkans,
      on the border of the EU, Walid has to help them cross it, over the phone, from the
      streets of a northern Norwegian fishing village.

      Velkommen til oss (Welcome Home)
      Narrative short. Directed by Armita Keyani, 2017. 16 min.
      Set in the North of Norway, an Iranian refugee couple invite two Jehovah's Witnesses in
      when they knock on their door. Welcome Home explores culture clashes,
      misunderstandings and the assumptions we make based on background and

      Bygdehomo (When Pride Came to Town)
      Documentary short. Directed by Julie Lunde Lillesæter, Julia Dahr, 2018. 17 min.
      The story of Norway's first rural Pride parade. We meet 52-year old Bjørn-Tore, who
      fled to the big city in order to escape the everyday homophobia he experienced in his
      rural hometown. When the very same village is hosting Norway's first rural Pride
      parade, Bjørn-Tore is filled with mixed emotions about returning to take part in the
      parade. Tension rise as a local church group organize an anti-LGBTQ rally, just weeks
      before Pride.

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