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Okpik’s Dream

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Harry Okpik dreamed of becoming a dog musher. But when government agents shot his and thousands of other Inuit huskies across the Canadian Arctic, 11-year-old Harry saw the sky turn red and thought his dream forever destroyed. Now, fifty years later, Harry Okpik reflects on the tragedy of the Dog Slaughter and the accident that led to the loss of his leg. Follow Harry through the arctic seasons as cares for his huskies and prepares for Ivakkak - a 600 km dog sled race across the Canadian Arctic. A race with the greater purpose: to bring back the nearly eradicated Inuit husky and a lost way of life.  

Winner – Grand Prix Rigoberta Menchu Award (Montreal First Peoples Festival)
Winner – Honorable Mention – Grand Prix City of Innsbruck (Innsbruck Nature Film Festival) 

Written and Directed by | Laura Rietveld
Produced by | Katarina Soukup 
With | Harry Sam Willy Okpik
Also AppearingAdamie Michaud, Matthew Okpik, Susie Okpik, Tappia Okpik, Johnny Oovaut
Directors of Photography | Alexandre Domingue, Alex Margineanu, Stefan Nitoslawski 
Editor | Heidi Haines
Original Music | Ramachandra Borcar
Sound | Kyle Stanfield, Lynne Trépanier, Mélanie Gauthier, Benoît Coailler, Claude Langlois, Lise Wedlock 

Canada Media Fund, Shaw Media Hot Docs Development Fund, Air Inuit, Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit, Quebec Film and Television Tax Credit, Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, First Air.

CBC Quebec, CBC North, CBC documentary, Nunavut Independent Television Network (NITV)

25th Montreal First Peoples Festival (2015)