The Journals of Knud Rasmussen
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The Journals of Knud Rasmussen
An epic tragedy set in and around Igloolik in the 1920s, as the last great Inuit shaman and his beautiful and headstrong daughter struggle to survive the sweep of civilization that brought Christianity and commerce to the arctic and irrevocably changed Inuit life. Witnesses to their story are Danish ethnographer and explorer Knud Rasmussen and his traveling companions Therkel Mathiassen and Peter Freuchen.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While the Europeans are compelled to share some of their own songs, beliefs and personal history, it's the telling of the Inuit stories that compels much of the movie."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Glacially paced and structurally lumpy."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"Wonderfully elegiac... the melody of language is essential to the film's beauty, in which disposable small talk sounds like Confucius proverbs of biblical longevity."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Premiere Magazine
"Watch as an entire social order collapses without a sound -- witness the seismic shift, hear the oblivious silence, and be moved."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"A fascinating, multifaceted historiography and autoethnography, even if its story of cultural imperialism offers few new insights"
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Pushes forward, deeper and deeper among the ruins of a culture cast fatally adrift by modernization."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
"Not every admirer of the first film will enjoy it, but it values its subjects too much to mold their rhythms to an outsider's attention span."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"The sad story of how shamanism and the ancient ways of the Inuit was replaced by Christianity and a hatred of the world in one community in 1922."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Despite its faults as a film, Journals stands alone. You simply cannot go elsewhere this year for self-expressed insights into the lives of people of Canada's north."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
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