SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

The Netsilik Inuit films and intro by Hugh Brody

In Honour of Asen Balikci

Date: 23 October 2019Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 23 October 2019Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Film Screening

Bewteen 1963 and 1965 the anthropologist Asen Balikci made 9 films about the Netsilik of the Pelly Bay region in the Canadian Arctic, in collaboration with Producer-Director Quentin Brown. In the 1960s, the Netsilik were living apart from other people and depended heavily on the land and their own ingenuity to sustain life through the rigors of the Arctic year. These remarkable films showed traditional Inuit life before the European acculturation.
Asen Balicki passed away in 2018. We screen two films from this groundbreaking film series, with introduction from anthropologist and filmmaker Hugh Brody.
Fishing at The Stone Weir: Part 1 by Asen Balikci and Quentin Brown, 1967| 30 mins.
This short documentary about the Netsilik Inuit was shot at the height of summer. The skin tents are up, and it is time to fish. The men go into the river to form enclosures to trap fish.
At the Autumn River Camp: Part 1 by Asen Balikci and Quentin Brown 1967| 26 min
Late autumn. The Inuit move to the river valley where they build karmaks--shelters with snow walls and roofs of skins. The men fish with spears and their catch is cooked over an exterior fire.