Kunuk, OC, ON

Credit: Courtesy Isuma Distribution International Inc.
Kunuk, OC, ON



Artistic Community:

Iglulik (Igloolik), NU

Date of Birth:

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Zacharias Kunuk, OC, ON, is a filmmaker, sculptor and visual artist based in Iglulik (Igloolik), NU. Kunuk has redefined filmmaking in Canada and is at the forefront of innovative broadcast technology in the North. He is perhaps best known for his debut feature film Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner) (2001), the first Canadian feature film produced entirely in Inuktitut. The groundbreaking film won six Genie Awards and was ranked the number one Canadian film of all time in a 2015 poll conducted by the Toronto International Film Festival. He is a co-founder of Isuma Productions, the first independent Inuit-led film production company in Canada. In 2019, Kunuk and Isuma Productions represented Canada at the 58th Venice Biennale with their film One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk (2019).View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
INUA Catalogue 2021
Historical Blinds and SITElines: Unsettling the Biennial with Candice Hopkins Winter 2019 Jenn Jackson
Channel Changers November 2019 Jacob Boon


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Qaggiq: Gathering Place Sept 18 - Nov 30, 2019 Art Museum at the University of Toronto - University of Toronto Art Centre
Isuma May - Nov 2019 Canada Pavilion
...Here Are Your Instructions : Aboriginal Film and Video 1994 Mendel Art Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Order of Nunavut 2019 Nunavut Legislative Assembly
Silver for One of a Kind Storytelling 2018 National Magazine Awards
Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award 2017 Toronto Film Critics Association


View Filmography and Details
Title Release Date Role
Bowhead Whale Hunting With my Ancestors 2018 Director
SGaawaay K'uuna (Edge of the Knife) 2018 Executive Producer
Kivitoo: What They Thought of Us 2018 Director