Games of the North: Playing for Survival

Games of the North: Playing for Survival

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Monday April 18, 2011
Expiration Date: 
Friday April 17, 2015

Broadcast Rights: Six (6) releases over four (4) years beginning 3/26/11; SCH/1YR (for K‐12); and non‐commercial cable rights.

For thousands of years, traditional Inuit sports have been vital for survival within the unforgiving Arctic. Acrobatic and explosive, these ancestral games evolved to strengthen mind, body and spirit within the community. Following four modern Inuit athletes reveals their unique relationship to the games as they compete across the North. As unprecedented change sweeps across their traditional lands, their stories illuminate the importance of the games today.

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