#NIFF2016 Okpik’s Dream Niagara Integrated Film Festival

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Documentary / Canada / Niagara Premiere

okpik dream

Q&A with Director Laura Rietveld


Becoming a dog musher was Harry Okpik’s childhood dream. But during the Dog Slaughter in the early 1960s, when government agents shot thousands of Inuit huskies across the Canadian Arctic, 11-year-old Harry saw the sky turn red and thought his dream forever destroyed. Twelve years later, after traumatic residential schooling, another personal tragedy struck when he suffered a shooting accident. Three years of intense hospitalization and estrangement from his community followed. Then Harry made the harrowing decision to amputate his leg – one he believed would forever rob him of his hopes of becoming a real man, a father, a true Inuk. Filmed over the course of several seasons, we follow Harry as he recounts the momentous events of his life and cares for his magnificent husky dogs in preparation for the Ivakkak – a grueling 600-km Inuit sled dog race over wild but treacherous tundra.

Director: Laura Rietveld
Country: Canada
Language: English & Inuktitut
Runtime: 73 minutes
Rating: PG
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