The root, the origin of where inspiration strikes can be hard to place. Isabella Weetaluktuk, a filmmaker known as Asinnajaq, guides us on a journey through a life and artwork that has been shaped by formal art movements, sounds, and personal moments. Influences radiate from unlikely sources. Life is a lightning rod for art and beauty if only one opens themselves up.
Isabella Weetaluktuk, also known as Asinnajaq, is a Montreal-based Inuk filmmaker, visual artist and writer. In 2015, she obtained her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Since 2016, she has curated film selections by Inuit filmmakers for the festivals ImagineNATIVE and Tillutarniit. For the past few years, she has been working with the NFB’s archives to create her film Three Thousand. Surveying three millennia of Inuit life, this film seeks to reframe historical images in order to consider the future from a poetic and educational lens.