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Translating the tattoo – ‘Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos’ film screening (PG)


Saturday 20 October 2018
4.30 — 5.30pm

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Still from 'Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos' by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Image provided by Cinema Politica.

To conclude our ‘Tattoo: past and present’ event, we are hosting a special screening of ‘Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos’ which offers a personal insight into what the indigenous tattoo means to individuals and their cultures.

Inuit traditional face tattoos were forbidden for a century, and almost forgotten. Director Alethea Arnaquq- Baril, together with long-time friend and activist Aaju Peter, is determined to uncover the mystery and meaning behind this beautiful ancient tradition. Together they embark on an adventure through Arctic communities, speaking with elders and recording the stories of a once popularized female art form.

Central to the film is Arnaquq-Baril’s personal debate over whether or not to get tattooed herself. With candour and humour, she welcomes us into her world, to experience firsthand the complex emotions that accompany her struggle. Past meets present in this intimate account of one woman’s journey towards self-empowerment and cultural understanding.

This screening will feature a short written introduction by Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril which will be presented by Maya Sialuk Jacobson.

Director: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
Running time: 50 minutes
Languages: English, Inuktitut with English subtitles
Certificate: PG Release: 2011

This event is part of the ‘Tattoo: past and present’ day of events. Scroll down for further information and to book a combined ticket.

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Saturday 20 October 2018

4.30 — 5.30pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£12, £8 concessions