and musician Elisapie Isaac (Inuit)
was raised in Salluit, Quebec, and currently lives in Montreal.
An accomplished contemporary and traditional Inuit musician, Isaac
composes music and sings with Alain Auger in the duo Taima Project.
In 2003 her first film If the Weather Permits was screened
at numerous festivals, winning many awards including the Rigoberta
Menchu Tum Grand Prize at Montreal's First People's Festival and
the Spirit Award at the Indian Summer Film and Video Image Awards.
Isaac traveled to indigenous communities in Alaska, northern Canada,
Greenland, Norway, and Siberia as host of a documentary, Peoples
of the Circumpolar, produced by the broadcasting company Taqramiut
Nipingat Incorporated (TNI). She has also worked as a producer
and host of Inuktitut-language youth radio for TNI.
"I like to give people a chance to reflect, to feel for
themselves. I bring images and my point of view keeping in mind
that others may see things differently. Through images I want
to offer and not impose a story."
Screened by NMAI
If the Weather Permits; Elisapie Isaac - photograph
by Alex Margineanu