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"Polar Wings: Exploring Canada's Arctic through Art and Film"

As part of its "Canadian Stories" documentary film series, the Embassy of Canada is pleased to present an evening of Canadian Arctic exploration, commemorating Canada's chairmanship of the Arctic Council with the screening of a film set in the Canadian North, together with a talk by artistic photographer and explorer Mr. Naoki Ishikawa.

While carrying out a series of presentations and activities to raise awareness of environmental and humanitarian issues, Mr. Ishikawa visited the Arctic in the year 2000 as part of the Pole to Pole 2000 Project, where he travelled from the North Pole to the South Pole in nine months. Since then he has returned to different parts of the Arctic on numerous occasions. Seven of his photographs taken there will be displayed in the Embassy of Canada's Prince Takamado Gallery from June 2 to July 30 in an exhibition entitled Naoki Ishikawa: POLAR. The photos will be on display alongside the DANCING WALRUS: Inuit Sculptures from the Collection of Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Takamado.

"Polar Wings: Exploring Canada's Arctic through Art and Film" will feature a talk on the Canadian Arctic by Mr. Ishikawa as well as a screening of The Wings of Johnny May, a full-length documentary film about the legendary Johnny May, the first Inuit bush pilot in the Canadian North.

Twenty invitations to this event showcasing the Canadian Arctic are being made available to the public. Please apply as indicated below.

Date and time: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 18: 30 – 20:50 (Doors open at 18:00)

Place: Embassy of Canada Oscar Peterson Theatre

Admission: Free of charge

How to apply:

Please apply by e-mail by Tuesday, June 10, 2014, clearly indicating the following in your message:

  1. Name
  2. Organization/school
  3. Address
  4. Telephone number
  5. E-mail address

Successful applicants will be notified by June 13.

Naoki Ishikawa (J)

Born in Tokyo in 1977, Naoki Ishikawa is interested in anthropology and ethnology in addition to exploration of the unknown. He has published works dealing with the experiences of migration and travel. For The Void (published in 2006 by Knee High Media) he won both the Sagamihara Prize for Newcomer Professionals as well as the Jun Miki Award. For New Dimension and Polar (published in 2008 by Akaakasha Art Publishing and Little More, respectively), he received the Photographic Society of Japan's Newcomer's Award and the Kodansha Publication Culture Award. For his work in 2009, which included Mt. Fuji and Vernacular (published by Little More and AkaAkasha Art Publishing, respectively), he was awarded the Higashikawa New Talent Prize. Vernacular includes photographs of the Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) in the Canadian Northwest and of the Arctic towns of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. Ishikawa also won the Domon Ken Award for Corona, a photographic portrayal of 21st-century reality across the vastly spread out islands of Polynesia.

The Wings of Johnny May

Director: Marc Fafard
National Film Board of Canada, 2013
English with Japanese subtitles
83min 54sec

This feature documentary shines a spotlight on Johnny May, the first Inuit bush pilot in Nunavik – and a legend among his people. During the 34,000 hours of flight time he's logged, May has lived through extraordinary adventures and has had a unique view of the transformation of the Arctic from his perch in the sky. He has watched as the Inuit went from nomadic life to a sedentary existence, and as climate change has melted the permafrost. But one thing remains constant: May's deep love for his wife Louisa. Since his earliest days in the air, his plane has sported the same Inuktitut message for her: "Pengo Pally", which means "I miss you." The Wings of Johnny May is an airborne documentary that highlights a unique culture through the eyes of an exceptional man.




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