A film based on the Inuit Tribe of Canada; this is a remarkable mythic tale. According to Joseph Campbell myths provide clues to spiritual experience; they teach us how to life live under any circumstances.
The Inuit People live the most simple and basic existence imaginable. Living in the arctic and spending their day searching for food, (caribou and seals) they are about as far from western "civilization" as one could possibly be.
But violence still seeps into their tribe, despite the fact that they face none of the issues that we are currently fighting against. This violence is a malevolent force that seeks to divide and separate them. And it nearly does them in.
Two of the women, especially Grandmother, the Matriarch of the Tribe, are aware of the worsening situation. And one man, Atanarjuat, sets out to help put an end to the violence after he is nearly killed. The manner in which he does so is surprising and heroic.
Grandmother, who remains quiet and observant thoguhtout the story, also makes a strong impact when she speaks up strongly and passionately towards the end of the story. She tells the tribe that the behavior, violence, and killing must end. To help end the cycle she banishes two individuals from the tribe, the two who were responsible for the unraveling of the families.
I loved the collective female/male energy that was needed to deal with the problem. I feel strongly that in order to put an effective end to the patriarchy of violence, women and men must work together. It is clear in the myth how important both are. I feel that this film provides us with a powerful myth for defeating violence.
In Eugene it is playing at the Bijou.