Events and Programs

Spring 2014

Inuk at the smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will be hosting the North American launch of the Greenland film INUK on February 27th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  The film screening will be accompanied by Greenlandic youth performers from the Uummannaq Children’s Home and by professional singer/performers Aviaja Lumholt, Nukaka Costeer-Waldau, and Karina Møller. Following the film, a panel consisting of teens, curators, and film-makers will discuss the film and affect of the changing climate on the lives of Arctic peoples.

Inuk is a Greenlandic Language film directed by Mike Magidson and co-written by Magidson, Ole Jørgen Hammeken and anthropologist Jean-Michel Huctin. The film is based at “Children’s Home Uummannaq”, 500 km north of the Arctic Circle in the small town of Uummannaq, Greenland. Inuk is the coming-of-age story of 16-year-old Inuk, who was raised in Greenland’s capital Nuuk, and who is torn between the violence of his alcoholic parents and his dreams of creating an Inuit rock band. He is sent to a foster home in the north, where he meets an Inuit bear hunter so that he may learn wisdom. On his journey he meets and is attracted to the rebellious Naja, and finally reconciles his life to the challenges of a new world.

To register for the event please visit or call the Arctic Studies Center at 202-633-1888.

Fall 2013

Uvanga (Myself) at Virginia Film Festival

The Arctic Culture Forum is proud to announce the filming of  Uvanga (Myself) on November 7  at 5:30 pm at the Regal Cinemas Downtown Mall as part of the 2013 Virginia Film Festival.  Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Anthropologist, Stephen Loring, was the featured speaker and was available to answer questions immediately following the film.

Winner of “Best Feature Film” at the 2013 Yellowknife International Film Festival, Uvanga is about a mother and her child who return to the community after years away. Directed by Madeline Ivalu and Marie-Hélène Cousineau, the film features the culture, lifestyle, people, and place of the remote community of Igloolik, Nunavut. 

This event was co-sponsored with the Kluge-Ruhe Museum and  featured an aboriginal film called  Satellite Boy. 


Recent Events

Arctic Culture Forum Open House

September 28, 11 am to 1 pm
Inuit Art Gallery, 22 Elliewood Ave.

Come learn about Arctic culture,  play Inuit games, view incredible Inuit sculptures and paintings, hear Inuit music, and meet our staff and interns. Refreshments will be available.