< ANGAKUSAJAUJUQ – THE SHAMAN’S APPRENTICE>
A sick man breaks a taboo and needs to be healed by a shaman. The young woman and her grandmother travel to the underworld, The One Below, to find the answers to the man’s sickness. Facing dark spirits and physical challenges, the young shaman must learn to stifle her fear and listen to what The One Below has to tell her.
The film was released alongside a children's picture book of the story, written by Kunuk and illustrated by Megan Kyak-Monteith. The book was published in both English and Inuktitut; the latter edition won the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award for work published in an indigenous language.
Annecy International Animation Film Festival – FIPRESCI Award
Toronto International Film Festival – Best Canadian Short Film
Zacharias Kunuk is a film director and producer.