Capturing Spirit; An Inuit Journey is a dramatic portayal of the life challenges facing Inuit youth today.
The 70 minute film follows the lives of two character as they become young adults. It chronicals the everyday struggles, challenges and successes they face growing up in a small Arctic town. Lead characters Ben Watt and Evie Mark must grapple with family strife, physical and alcohol abuse, suicide and clashing cultures as they grow up. Dramatic vignettes highlight events and choices in their lives from birth to adulthood.
The wisdom of the past is presented by a talking Inukshuk and Arctic Tern Using imaginative special effects and 3D animation, these characters provide a counterpoint to the live action sequences.
Produced for the Makivvik, the film was directed by Albert Nerenberg based on a script by Sheila Watt Cloutier, Tarqralik Partridge and Bob Mesher.
The film was shot in Kuujjuaq in northern Quebec and had a cast of almost 50 actors from the local community.