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The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) film screening on Jan. 9

SXU Cinema of the Americas Film Series continues

Chicago (Dec. 12, 2006) – A screening of Zacharias Kunuk’s 2001 film The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 9, in Saint Xavier University’s McGuire Hall, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago. The screening, which is free and open to the public, is part of the 2006-2007 annual SXU Film Series. The theme of this year’s series is Cinema of the Americas.

The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) is Canada’s first feature-length fiction film written, produced, directed and acted by Inuit. The film is set in ancient Igloolik as a life-threatening struggle unfolds between powerful natural and supernatural characters. For generations, Igloolik elders have told the legend of The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) to teach young Inuit the danger of setting personal desire above the needs of the group. By providing an authentic view of Inuit culture and oral tradition for international audiences, this film has helped bring oral history into the new millennium by combining Inuit storytelling and new technology.

The film is 172 minutes and will be projected by DVD. The series is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Art and Design, and the Illinois Arts Council. For more information, please contact Alison Fraunhar at fraunhar@sxu.edu or (773) 298-3083. 

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