Lament for the Land Documentary

This film was born from an idea proposed during a Research Team meeting in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Labrador in November 2012. Preliminary footage was shot in November 2012, but full filming began in January 2013. Armed with a small Canon Vixia HD camcorder (chosen for its small size, portability, and ability to withstand cold) and almost zero film experience, Ashlee Cunsolo Willox began the journey of working with people throughout Nunatsiavut to record interviews, shoot scenery and action shots (b-roll), and start to conceptualize a film that would tell the story of the Labrador Inuit and their deep connection to and love of the land. The interview portion of the film wrapped in March 2013, and the long process of editing began. Under the editing prowess of Jenni Welsh from Cape Breton, and working in conjunction with Ashlee Cunsolo Willox and the Research Team, over 50 hours of film was whittled down to about an hour's worth of dialogue footage. This rough cut was then shared with all participants in the video to get their feedback, ideas, and approval. Working with these edits, a second rough cut of the film - this time including b-roll and music - was created and then screened in all five Nunatsiavut communities in March and early April 2014 throughout community Open Houses. Over 120 people throughout the region viewed this version of the film, with many providing excellent and constructive feedback on how to structure the stories and the film to be most reflective of Nunatsiavut, and most representative of the story people in these communities want others to hear and to know. The penultimate version premiered in Prince George in May 2014, as part of the International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences, a gathering of researchers, policy makers, government representatives, and Indigenous peoples from throughout the Circumpolar North.

Metadata Access
Creator Cunsolo Willox, Ashlee; Nunatsiavut Government
Publisher Canadian Cryospheric Information Network
Contributor Polar Data Catalogue
Publication Year 2016
Rights Research programs, CCIN, or ArcticNet take no liability for the use or transmission of this data
OpenAccess true
Contact harpers(at); pdc(at)
Language English
Format Computer file
Discipline Environmental Research
Spatial Coverage (-61.000W, 54.000S, -58.000E, 56.000N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 2012-11-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2013-03-01T00:00:00Z