Charles Konowal’s Arctic Defenders wins best Atlantic feature award at the Atlantic

septembre 23, 2013

Arctic Defenders, co-produced by On Screen member Charles Konowal wins best feature prize at the Atlantic Film Festival.

Read the Chronicle Herald article about it:

John Walker put awards out of his mind heading into this year’s Atlantic Film Festival.

Though he’d won the Rex Tasker award for best documentary at the Atlantic Film Festival in 2008 for his film Passage and in 1996 for Place of the Boss – Utshimassits and received an honourable mention in 2003 for his documentary Men of the Deeps, the award was not offered this year.

So Walker was nearly speechless when Arctic Defenders, the documentary about the creation of Nunavut that he wrote and directed, won the best Atlantic feature award at the Atlantic Film Festival Awards on Thursday night at Park Lane Cinemas.

“I see this as recognition for the subjects of this film,” he said in accepting the award presented just before the festival’s Closing Gala, The Invisible Woman.

“This film was an inspiration for me and I’m sure an inspiration for the jury … it’s a universal story; if we care about our culture and our language and our heritage, which includes the environment, and we are commited and we stick together and we have the tenacity and patience for the political process to do that then we can move mountains which they did. It’s an epic story and they would be very proud of this recognition.”

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