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Kenojuak Ashevak Heritage Minute

Ryan Noth

We are super proud to announce that the latest Heritage Minute, on the incredible Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak was produced and directed by Tess Girard and Ryan J. Noth for Fifth Town films, on behalf of the amazing folks at Historica Canada. The production travelled to Cape Dorset, Nunavut, to work with family members of Kenojuak, including her sister, to portray her in the film. Miali Buscemi plays the younger Ashevak, and provides voiceover to the story. The images were crafted in collaboration with John Price, and sound with Paul Aucoin. Post-production was provided by Studio VSC in Toronto, Daniel Pellerin at the Royal Theatre, and the incredible animation was completed by e.d. films based out of Montreal.  


The project was recorded and released in three languages, English, French, and Inuktitut, a first for a Heritage Minute. The subject of an artist for a Heritage Minute is only the 2nd occurance, putting Kenonuak in good company with Emily Carr. 

A hearty thank you to all involved, particularly Ryan Barnett, Nicki Thomas, Davida Aronovitch, and our polar bear stand-ins, Brigitte D'Auzac de Lamartinie and Anthony Wilson-Smith.

More photos and updates to come to this post, to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the production.