The Journals of Knud Rasmussen
The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 8, 2006
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

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.

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Leslie Felperin

Glacially paced and structurally lumpy.

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Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine

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.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Watch as an entire social order collapses without a sound -- witness the seismic shift, hear the oblivious silence, and be moved.

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

A fascinating, multifaceted historiography and autoethnography, even if its story of cultural imperialism offers few new insights

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Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine

Pushes forward, deeper and deeper among the ruins of a culture cast fatally adrift by modernization.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

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Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

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.

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