The film is about indigenous cultures living in the Arctic Circle within the borders of the states of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Greenland (Denmark), Canada, Alaska (United States) and Russia. The cultures themselves did not draw up these borders. Rights have been violated. Ways of life inherited from ancestors have largely been crushed, but the inner worldview of the people has withstood and remained intact, at least until now.
Anerca is a film about the breathing amongst the indigenous peoples of the Arctic. There are two types of breathing, life-sustaining breath and that which expresses existence. In Inuit, the word meaning to bring forth a poem is the same as the word to breathe. The word is a derivative of anerca. Anerca means soul, breath of life. When the breathing of a person, community, or people brings forth the joy or pain of their existence, it reveals something that is separate from day-to-day life, or deep down within it, and is important to the person who breathes, it is the breath of life. In the film Anerca, Arctic peoples breathe.
Prix du Jury Région de Nyon: Most innovative feature film,, International Feature Film Competition, Visions du Réel 2020
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