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Akima – I am Iñupiaq

An impactful film that takes viewers on a journey of cultural resilience.


Ilenia Notarangelo and David G. Stone’s short animated documentary is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking exploration of the Iñupiaq, an indigenous Alaskan community navigating the challenges of contemporary development and environment changes. Through stunning 2D animation and illustration crafted by Arianna Cristiano, Sofia Buti, Laurentiu Lunic, and David Cubitt, the film masterfully captures the raw beauty of the Arctic landscape and the rich cultural heritage of the Iñupiaq people.

The documentary unveils the captivating history of the Iñupiaq, who have endured and thrived in one of the harshest environments on Earth for thousands of years. It delves deep into their struggle to maintain their ancestral values and sense of identity in the face of rapid societal changes. However, what shines through the narrative is the resilience and adaptability of the Iñupiaq community.

Akima, the enterprise formed by the Iñupiaq people, plays a central role in the film, showcasing their remarkable ability to thrive in both traditional subsistence living and the modern world. It is through their successful endeavors that they are able to “walk in two worlds with one spirit”, preserving their heritage while embracing the opportunities of the present.

The film’s educational aspect is undeniably valuable, shedding light on the Iñupiaq people and their incredible journey. It not only fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation of indigenous cultures but also prompts important discussions on the complexities of cultural preservation in a rapidly changing world.

Overall, Notarangelo and Stone have created an important and impactful film that takes viewers on a transformative journey of cultural resilience, and the enduring spirit of the Iñupiaq people. Its breath-taking animation and compelling storytelling make it a must-watch for anyone seeking to explore the intersection of tradition, identity, and the modern world.

Akima — I am Iñupiaq


Runtime: 3 min

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