Expecting the Child # 182

Expecting the Child (Nutaraqtaariavittuq)

14:00, Saturday 15th June, CMB 3

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Amelie Breton, Francois Prevost
  • Year of Release: 2012
  • Duration: 75 mins
  • Country of Production: Canada
  • Location: Inukjuak Nunavik
  • Ethnic Group: Inuit
  • Language: English, Inuktitut (English)

This movie sheds light at a personal, professional and cultural level about giving birth in Nunavik.  In January 2005, Phoebe Atagootalook is the first Inuit women to officially be approved by the prenatal committee for a homebirth since the 1960’s.  The film follows Phoebe and her family for the two weeks before the birth of her fifth child: Mumlu.  We follow Phoebe’s intention: to show other Inuit women that they have a choice to give birth wherever they feel like, it’s natural. Bringing back birth within communities is bringing back life to the villages.

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Organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

The festival will be held from Thursday 13 June to Sunday 16 June 2013 in Edinburgh, hosted by National Museums Scotland and the STAR consortium. Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) is a collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. Over 60 new films will be screened alongside a conference 'New Observations' and a selection of special events and workshop about art & anthropology and the use of archival film.

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