In The Reign of Twilight

In The Reign of Twilight

Feature | 90 minutes | TVO | 1995

In The Reign of Twilight

IN THE REIGN OF TWILIGHT tells the ironic story of a cultural exchange that typifies the 20th century.

For thousands of years, the Inuit lived a contented existence in the fragile and brutal Arctic. When the Cold War swept in during the 1950’s, it blew them from the Stone Age into the Space Age.

The United States bombarded the Arctic with military technology. Canada, fearing for its sovereignty, responded by establishing a welfare society. Together they created a high-tech outpost where Inuit are trapped between the ancient and the post-modern. With their old economy destroyed, Inuit turned to a new one: exporting traditional sculpture. The barter gave the world mystical icons portraying a primitive people, even as those people were being launched into the Global Village.

Television critic John Haslett Cuff of The Globe and Mail said IN THE REIGN OF TWILIGHT is "visually stunning and brilliantly conceived... The most informed and thoughtful film about the Arctic that I have ever seen".

Awards

  • Finalist, New York Festivals, 1996
  • Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival, 1996
  • Finalist, International Wildlife Film Festival, 1997
  • Merit Award for Comprehensive Portrayal of Native People versus Global Turmoil, International Wildlife Film Festival, 1997
  • Merit Award for the Creative use of Archival Material, International Wildlife Film Festival, 1997