Tanya Tagaq film to debut at Toronto festival

Ever Deadly will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival in September

In this still from Ever Deadly, Tanya Tagaq (right) throat sings with Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, an artist from Nunavut. (Photo courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada)

By Nunatsiaq News

Tanya Tagaq’s first film is set to make its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Called Ever Deadly, the film is about Tagaq’s “transformation of sound with an eye to colonial fallout, natural freedom and Canadian history,” according to a press release from the National Film Board of Canada.

It includes concert footage as well as scenes shot on location in Nunavut.

It was created in collaboration with award-winning Canadian filmmaker Chelsea McMullan.

For Tagaq — a Canadian singer, songwriter, author and director — it’s her first feature-length film.

The official schedule for the festival, which runs Sept. 8 to 18, won’t be released until Aug. 23.

The film board chose Ever Deadly as one of three documentaries to be submitted to TIFF.

The others were The Colour of Ink, which looks at Toronto inkmaker Jason Logan, and To Kill a Tiger, about a farmer in India who fights for justice for his 13-year-old daughter, the victim of a brutal gang rape.


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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by Leave it to Beaver on

    Let’s hope the movie is better than the music.

  2. Posted by Northern Inuit on

    so this will be in the fiction or horror section of blockbuster as this is what the music in the film is right?

    I don’t see any debut releases in Nunavut as I don’t know of many that listen to this other than her family. if you talk to a fair portion of Nunavut Inuit, they don’t classify this as throat singing.

  3. Posted by iThink on

    Like many I’m very put off by Tanya’s outrage politics, at the same time wish people would see how their criticisms of her music reflect badly on them, not her. Sure, you don’t like her music, fine. I don’t care for it either but some people love it, fair enough, it is an art form and doesn’t need to conform to your tastes or ideas about what counts as orthodox throat signing.


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