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SOL Riveting Documentary About Youth Suicide in Nunavut has World Premiere at imagineNATIVE Film Festival
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SOL, A RIVETING DOCUMENTARY ABOUT YOUTH SUICIDE IN NUNAVUT HAS WORLD PREMIERE AT ImagineNATIVE FILM FESTIVAL
October 24 at 5:30 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox
Co-Directors Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Susan Avingaq in attendance
TORONTO, ON – October 20, 2014 – – Arnait Video Productions is proud to announce the World Premiere of SOL at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival on Friday, October 24, 2014. Co-directed by Marie-Hélène CousineauandSusan Avingaq, this riveting and emotional film will also screen at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) on November 18 and 21.
SOL is a moving tribute to Solomon Tapatia Uyarasuk, a charismatic young Inuk, an amateur acrobat, musician and poet, who was found dead in the Igloolik police station in 2012. He was 26. The police suggest suicide, but two years after Solomon’s death, his family and friends are still waiting for an official answer regarding the circumstances of his death.
This compassionate portrait examines the underlying issues of youth suicide in Canada’s North while investigating the truth behind Solomon’s tragic death. As the documentary sheds light on the tragedy’s causes and consequences for a small Arctic community in Nunavut, a region claiming one of the highest youth suicide rates in the world, it demands justice for Canada’s Indigenous peoples. At the same time it depicts the resilience of the Inuit and their determination to create a better future for their people.
Marie-Hélène Cousineau has been producing and co-directing documentaries, web projects and feature films with Arnait Video Productions for 20 years. Her debut co-directorial effort Before Tomorrow (Le jour avant le lendemain) (2008), with Inuit director and actor Madeline Piujuq Ivalu, received the CityTV Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and nine Genie Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture. She also co-directed (with Ivalu) the feature Uvanga (2013), which screened at 14 festivals across Canada and around the world. In addition, she co-produced the 2011 APTN documentary series The Uluit, which was nominated for a Gemini for Best Documentary Series. Cousineau is the co-founder of the Arnait Video Collective where she works as a coordinator, trainer and collaborating producer. Her video work has been widely exhibited in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Cousineau and Ivalu were jointly selected as recipients of the Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film at TIFF 2014, presented in partnership with Telefilm Canada.
Co-Director / Executive Producer Susan Avingaq
Susan Avingaq was nominated for three Genie awards for her work in Before Tomorrow as screenwriter (adapted screenplay), composer (original song) and art direction. She has been a regular participant in Arnait Video Productions since 1991 and was a key member of the production team for Qulliq, Ataguttaaluk Starvation and Piujuq and Angutautuq as writer, actor and musician. A renowned seamstress and artist in the Baffin region, she is also active locally in teaching sewing traditions to younger Inuit women.
SOL was produced by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Stéphane Rituit with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund, The Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Film in association with SuperChannel.
Established in 1991, Arnait Video Productions (Women’s Video Workshop of Igloolik) is a women’s filmmaking collective whose mission is to value the unique culture and voices of Inuit women. The Collective has already produced two critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films: Before Tomorrow (2008), which received the CityTV Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and nine Genie Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture; and Uvanga (2013), which screened at 14 festivals across Canada and around the world. Most recently it produced the feature documentary, Sol which will have its world premiere at the 2014 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto on October 24, 2014, followed by two screenings at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) on November 18 and 21.