March 12 - 13
01:00PM - 07:00PM
Avalon Cinema

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New Inuit Film at Fringe Flicks

Sun. March 12 at 1, 4, & 7pm and Mon. March 13 at 7pm, Avalon Cinema


“An impressive Inuit take on John Ford’s Classic western.”-TIFF


Nanaimo – TheatreOne’s Fringe Flicks presents Maliglutit (The Searchers), the newest film from Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner). This Arctic epic was inspired by the classic John Ford western, about a vengeful husband who sets off in pursuit of the violent men who kidnapped his wife and destroyed his home. The eighth of ten Fringe Flicks plays at the Avalon Cinema Sunday, March 12 at 1, 4, & 7pm and Monday March 13 at 7pm.


Fifteen years ago, Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk won the prestigious Caméra d’or for Best First Feature at Cannes with Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner. His second feature, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, opened Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. A decade later, Kunuk and collaborator Natar Ungalaaq have used the plot of John Ford’s 1956 western The Searchers as inspiration for a very different kind of revenge story, in which an Inuk man and his band of “maliglutit” set out across the barren Arctic in search of the marauders who have ransacked his home and kidnapped his wife. Like Ford’s film, Kunuk’s Maliglutit explores the repercussions of violence, asking whether these hunters have begun to act like those who have torn apart their family. Very unlike Ford, Kunuk questions not only the colonial ideology inherent to the western genre, but also the possibility of justice in a seemingly unjust world. With a tale as timeless as the landscape in which it is set, Canada’s foremost Inuk filmmaker has provided another classic.


Fringe Flicks is generously sponsored by Cutting Room Creative, Wingren Floors, Michael Gill Wealth Management, and Red Door Yoga.


Fringe Flicks screenings are held on Sundays at 1, 4 & 7pm, and Mondays at 7pm at the Avalon Cinema, in Woodgrove Centre. Tickets are $13. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or call 250-754-7587.

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