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Journeys to Adäka

Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 4:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

The documentary, Journeys to Adäka, is the story of seven indigenous artists who look to the past for the strength to overcome a legacy of hurt, becoming cultural giants and leaders in the process. This one-hour documentary follows its subjects as they prepare for the Adäka Cultural Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon, inviting viewers into carving sheds, kitchens, and community halls. In these spaces, artists and their families are reconnecting with their ancestors, healing, and moving personal mountains to each find their light. The process is familiar: rehearsals, training and crafting, but the backdrop of distant northern communities and the intimate access serve up both difficult lessons and inspiration. Journeys to Adäka paints a moving portrait of self-empowered indigenous communities at an inflection point in our history. This documentary was produced in association with the Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association. 2017, Yukon, 60 minutes

Director Fritz Mueller, producer Teresa Earle and special guests in attendance.

Screens with the NFB’s Mountain of S’Gaana, a short animated film that spins a magical tale of a young man who is stolen away to the spirit world and the young woman who rescues him. Directed by illustrator and animator, Chris Auchter and based on a Haida legend. Featuring music by local composer, Daniel Janke. Daniel Janke and Producer Shirley Vercruysse (NFB) in attendance. 2017, British Columbia, 10 minutes

OFFICIAL TRAILER for Journeys to Adäka from SAGAFISH MEDIA on Vimeo.


The Mountain of SGaana (Trailer) from NFB/marketing on Vimeo.

  • Directed by Fritz Mueller
  • 2017, Yukon
  • 70 minutes
    Journeys to Adäka

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