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Ever Deadly film image, co-directors Tanya Tagaq and Chelsea McMullan

Ever Deadly is a portrait of the acclaimed Inuk throat singer and author Tanya Tagaq. Co-directed by Tagaq and Canadian documentary filmmaker Chelsea McMullan (who directed the award-winning My Prairie Home in 2013), this beautifully crafted documentary combines exceptional performance recordings with interviews, verité camerawork, archival material, and hand-drawn animation. Intimate cinematography and crisp sound captures Tagaq’s innovative and experimental throat singing from the film’s incredible opening scene onwards. Loving moments with Tagaq and her children are filmed on location in Nunavut, and words from her novel Split Tooth provide poetry and rhythm to the film. Painful memories are recounted of Tagaq’s mother and her family being forced to relocate due to racist colonial policies, which allows us to appreciate Tagaq’s exploration of her Inuk artistic practice as an act of healing and resistance.


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Tanya Tagaq, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Mary Gillis, Inuuja Gillis, Lucas Kalluk

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In English and Inuktitut with English subtitles

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Open to youth!

90 min
Art, Music & Photography Documentary Women Directors

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