A search for humanity?
Spinning Reels presents the latest epic from Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk: Maliglutit (Searchers)
Inspired by the classic John Ford western The Searchers, in which a vengeful husband sets off in pursuit of the men who kidnapped his wife, Maliglutit sticks closely to the basic scenario of the Ford original — wherein a white girl is abducted by members of the Comanche nation, sparking a seven-year search by her obsessed uncle — but this is a film that is very different in tone and feel. During the arduous journey across the tundra, Kunuk slowly transforms his theme from justified retribution to self-examination, as the film questions whether these hunters, ostensibly the heroes, have begun to act like those who have violated their family.
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