I AM UKI
Uki (meaning survivor in Inuit language) is an eskimo woman in her 60s who lives in isolation and hunts to survive.
We are currently in preproduction for I AM UKI
We are thinking of the Canadin Arctic as a possible filming location as Inuit history is linked to Quebec and the Labrador Peninsula
This extreme frozen landscape is the landscape that Avatâra is less familiar with which is why we are still researching the most appropriate location in which to shoot the film.
In the meantime, Avatâra will travel several times to Canada during 2018 to learn about Inuit culture, its people and its artists in order to inform a staged performance version of I AM UKI, to be premiered in May 2018 at the European Centre for the Arts Hellerau Dresden. It will be a duet between an Inuit woman in her 50-60s and Avatâra herself in her 30s. What can an encounter of a Mediterranean woman and an Arctic one bring us? How can we give voice to these two characters that belong to such a different cultures and landscapes? What do they have in common?
The research behind I AM UKI
We have developed a documentation process about the fishing tradition of Inuits. Since in the Inuit culture it was the children and women who mostly used to go fishing, it is our intention to take the fishing Inuit traditions as a starting point to give visibility to the the Inuit culture.
Inuit Traditional Fishing Techniques