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Nalujuk Night

Jennie Williams
2021 | 13 min 7s
English with French and Inuktitut subtitles

Selections and Awards

  • Winner - Best Atlantic Short DocumentaryFIN Atlantic International Film Festival

  • Official SelectionimagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada, (2021)

  • Official Selection St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, NL, Canada (2021)

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Nalujuit approach the town of Nain
Brass band plays for Nalujuit and community of Nain. Photo-credit-Jennie-Williams
A Nalujuk interacts with Inuit children
Nalujuk stares as snow falls
Fur clad Nalujuk and chain
Nalujuk peers into the dark of night
Dramatic pose of two Nalujuit
Crew films a Nalujuk on Labrador sea ice
Getting a shot on location in -40°C

Key Art


Jennie Williams
Photo : Jennie Williams

Jennie Williams

Jennie Williams is an Inuk visual artist and throat singer from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. As a professional photographer, she creates powerful images that convey the cultural landscape and lived experience of Inuit. Her stirring photography has received national acclaim, was included in the travelling exhibition SakKijâjuk, and is curated as part of the Future Possible series at The Rooms Provincial Gallery and the Bonavista Biennale (2021). Jennie’s captivating photos have also been featured in established magazines such as Inuit Art Quarterly and Canadian Art. Her work has been recognized through honours such as the Elbow Room Residency and the Hnatyshyn Foundation’s REVEAL Indigenous Art Award (2017). Her longest-running project is a 12-year photographic series on the Labrador tradition entitled Nalujuk Night.


Latonia Hartery
Photo : Glen Whiffen

Latonia Hartery

Latonia Hartery is a filmmaker from Bay D’Espoir, NL. Under the banner of LJH Films she has created a range of work including short historical dramas like Sadie and The Death of Winter, to the feature film comedy Hopeless Romantic. Her documentary experience spans 13 different countries. She has a PhD with a focus on the Indigenous archaeology, culture and history of Newfoundland, Labrador and the Arctic. Her passion for this topic has resulted in education, research and film projects with Indigenous and rural communities for over 20 years.

Kat Baulu
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Kat Baulu

As a creative producer at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Kat Baulu supports auteurs working on documentary, animation and interactive projects. Her inspiration comes from raising underrepresented voices and generating stories with social impact. She produced Jobie Weetaluktuk’s award-winning documentary Timuti, filmed in his hometown of Inukjuak. Kat has collaborated with celebrated Indigenous artists and filmmakers such as Nadia Myre, Courtney Montour, Tracey Deer, Michelle Smith and Paul M. Rickard.

Kat is currently launching the short experimental documentary Three Thousand, directed by Asinnajaq (a.k.a. Isabella Rose Weetaluktuk), and the hand-drawn animated film SHAMAN, by first-time filmmaker Echo Henoche.

Rohan Fernando
Director and Producer
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Rohan Fernando

Rohan Fernando’s first documentary, Cecil’s Journey, won Best Film at the Atlantic International Film Festival and was nominated for a Gemini Award. His other feature documentaries include Trudeau’s Other Children, Blood and Water, and The Chocolate Farmer, which had its world premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and enjoyed a highly successful festival run worldwide. Snow marked Fernando’s feature drama debut. It premiered at Cinequest and opened the 2011 Reelworld Film Festival. Fernando was most recently the creative producer for the NFB’s Space School with Canadian superstar astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield and now serves as a producer for the Quebec and Atlantic Studio.

Annette Clarke
Executive Producer
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Annette Clarke

As executive producer of the English Quebec and Atlantic Studio, Annette Clarke leads a team committed to an ambitious story slate. Recent credits include How to Be at Home, a pandemic-themed animated shortFar Away From Far Awaylong-form interactive story for mobile devices; and Assholes: A Theory, a topical treatise on bad behaviourCurrent projects include the feature doc Seguridada look at patriarchy inside post-revolutionary Cuba, and Dear Audrey, a beautiful and unusual love story.  


Written and Directed by
Jennie Williams

The community of Nain, Nunatsiavut

Directors of Photography
Nigel Markham
Duncan De Young

Justin Simms

Sound Editor
Paul Steffler

Original Music by
Sarah Harris

Production Assistants
David Dicker
Ethan Angnatok

Community Logistics Co-ordinators
Willie Fox
Billy Fox
Kyle Ford

Family Collaborators
Sarah Semigak-Lidd and family
Katie Winters and family

Heather Angnatok
Atsanik Lodge

Sound Recordist
Mark Neary

Director of Photography (Trainee)
Jennie Williams

Stills Photographer
Jennie Williams

Courtney Montour
Alanis Obomsawin
Justin Simms
Ian Vatcher
Victoria Wells

Cultural Consultants
Joan Dicker
Heather Igloliorte

Jennie Williams

Inuktitut Language Advisor
Solomon Semigak

Inuktitut Translation
Katie Winters

Throat Singing and Drumming
Jennie Williams

Additional Music Recording
Michelle LaCour

Additional Music

Written by
Tanya Tagaq
Jean Martin
Ash Koosha
Performed by
Tanya Tagaq
Courtesy of Six Shooter Records

“Silent Night”
(German traditional)
Music Composed by
Franz Xaver Gruber
Performed by
Nain Brass Band

(Silesian traditional)
Music Composed by
Melchior Franck
Performed by
Nain Brass Band

“Surotsit Kaitetsit”
(Inuit traditional)
Music Composed by
Johann Abraham
Peter Schulz
Performed by
Sarah Semigak-Lidd and family

Production Supervisor
Roz Power

Technical Coordinators
Daniel Lord
Christopher Macintosh

On-line Editor
Steve Cook

Steve Cook

Re-Recording Mixer
Harvey Hyslop

Foley Engineer
Matthew Thomson

Foley Artist
Hilary Thomson

Assistant Editor
Aaron Elliott

Production Coordinator
Christine Williams

Senior Production Coordinator
Cheryl Murgatroyd

Program Administrators
Leslie Anne Poyntz
Camila Blos

Marketing Managers
Jamie Hammond
Johanna Lessard

Marketing Coordinator
Éric Bondo

Jennifer Mair

Business Affairs
Peter Kallianiotis
Dominique Aubry

Associate Producer (In Development)
Stephen Agluvak Puskas

Production Assistant (In Development)
Marian Rebeiro

Associate Producers
Jason Edmunds
Jayde Tynes

Latonia Hartery
Kat Baulu
Rohan Fernando

Executive Producer
Annette Clarke

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