Tanya Tagaq film to debut at Toronto festival

It's the first feature-length film for the Inuit singer, songwriter, author and director.

By Nunatsiaq News - August 19, 2022
In this still from “Ever Deadly,” Tanya Tagaq (right) throat sings with Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, an artist from Nunavut. (National Film Board of Canada via Nunatsiaq News)

Tanya Tagaq’s first film is set to make its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Called Ever Deadly, the film is about Tagaq’s “transformation of sound with an eye to colonial fallout, natural freedom and Canadian history,” according to a press release from the National Film Board of Canada.

It includes concert footage as well as scenes shot on location in Nunavut.

It was created in collaboration with award-winning Canadian filmmaker Chelsea McMullan.

For Tagaq — a Canadian singer, songwriter, author and director — it’s her first feature-length film.

The official schedule for the festival, which runs Sept. 8 to 18, won’t be released until Aug. 23.

The film board chose Ever Deadly as one of three documentaries to be submitted to TIFF.

The others were The Colour of Ink, which looks at Toronto inkmaker Jason Logan, and To Kill a Tiger, about a farmer in India who fights for justice for his 13-year-old daughter, the victim of a brutal gang rape.