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Mosha Folger

Mosha Folger grew up in the community of Apex just outside of Iqaluit, NU. After living in Vancouver, BC, Folger now calls Ottawa, ON, his home [1]. Folger is a writer, director, producer, animator and editor of film and documentaries. He is also a spoken word poet, rapper and hip-hop artist [2].

Folger has likened his varied artistic practices to the meandering and nomadic lives of Inuit [3], emphasizing the importance of telling stories in his work, whether they are his own or those told to him by others [4]. Folger’s musical work is a self-called mash of urban, forward-thinking music with a traditional Inuit sensibility [5]. He has garnered renown for his intimate, personal work [6], which often incorporates poetry, music and biographical details [7]. In Folger’s many projects, he often works with family members on deeply personal subject matter [8].

Folger has been featured at over a dozen shows and performed at slams and open mics in Ottawa and Vancouver since December of 2005 [9]. He has been a playwright at Weesageechak Begins to Dance, performed for Her Excellency Michaëlle Jean and shared his brand of spoken word at various venues such as WestFest in Ottawa and the Alianait Arts Festival in Iqaluit [10]. His latest documentary, Iglu: Angirraq (2018) shines a light on the many concerns surrounding the concept of “home” in the Arctic, emphasizing the housing crisis and homelessness in Iqaluit.

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Accomplishments

2012: Music video Sides (2012) won Best Music Video at the 2012 imagineNATIVE Film Festival.
2008: Instructor and mentor for video writing/directing at the Minwaashin Lodge Mark Break Media Arts Program for Inuit, Metis and First Nation Youth.



Citations/Footnotes

  1. CBC, “Ottawa Human Library: Mosha Folger,” accessed March 1, 2019 from https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-human-library-mosha-folger-1.2961026
  2. Ottawa Writer’s Festival, “Bios: Mosha Folger,” accessed March 1, 2019 from

    https://writersfestival.org/archives/pre-2011/bios/folger.html

  3. CBC, “Ottawa Human Library: Mosha Folger,” accessed March 1, 2019 from https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-human-library-mosha-folger-1.2961026
  4. Ibid.
  5. Ibid.
  6. Isuma TV, “Never Saw It,” accessed March 1, 2019 from http://www.isuma.tv/folger/never-saw-it
  7. Ibid.
  8. Courtney Edgar, “Inspired by stepmom, Inuit filmmaker tackles homelessness,” Nunatsiaq News, June 12, 2017, accessed March 1, 2019 from https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/65674inspired_by_stepmom_inuit_filmmaker_tackles_homelessness/
  9. Isuma TV, “Never Saw It,” accessed March 1, 2019 from http://www.isuma.tv/folger/never-saw-it
  10. Ottawa Writer’s Festival, “Bios: Mosha Folger,” accessed March 1, 2019 from https://writersfestival.org/archives/pre-2011/bios/folger.html