English DirectorZacharias Kunuk
Norman Cohn WriterEugene Ipkarnak, Madeline Ivalu, Herve Paniaq, Pauloosie Qulitalik, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Abraham Ulayuruluk, Louis Uttak Release dateMarch 11, 2006 (Igloolik screening)
September 7, 2006 (Canada)
October 8, 2006 (USA)
November 10, 2006 (Denmark) DirectorsZacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn ScreenplayMadeline Piujuq Ivalu, Lucy Tulugarjuk CastPakak Innuksuk (Aua), Leah Angutimarik (Apak), Neeve Irngaut (Orulu), Natar Ungalaaq (Nuqallaq), Samueli Ammaq (Umik), Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq (Natar) Similar moviesVine of the Soul: Encounters with Ayahuasca, Heaven Earth, Shamans of the Amazon, The Lion King, Other Worlds, Aya: Awakenings
The Journals of Knud Rasmussen is a 2006 Canadian-Danish film about the pressures on traditional Inuit shamanistic beliefs as documented by Knud Rasmussen during his travels across the Canadian Arctic in the 1920s. Produced by Isuma, the film was directed by Zacharias Kunuk, who also directed the award-winning Inuit film Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, and Norman Cohn. It premiered on September 7, 2006 at the Toronto International Film Festival, after pre-release screenings in Inuit communities in Canada and Greenland.
Set primarily in and around Igloolik in 1922, the film depicts the encounter between a group of Inuit in Arctic Canada led by one of the last shamans of the Canadian Inuit, Aua, and three Danish ethnographers and explorers, Knud Rasmussen, Therkel Mathiassen and Peter Freuchen during the latter's "Great Sled Journey" of 1922. The film is shot from the perspective of the Inuit, showing their traditional beliefs and lifestyle. The shaman and his entourage must ultimately decide whether to join the ranks of another group of Inuit who have converted to Christianity.