Now Streaming: Being Prepared Spotlights Quarantine Life Up North

Carol Kunnuk documents her family's response to uncertain times

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More stories continue to emerge from the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Inuk filmmaker Carol Kunnuk shares the experience of her family in the Arctic in Being Prepared. Released today for free stream from the NFB, Being Prepared observes how Kunnuk and members of her Inuit community adapted to health and safety protocols during uncertain times. The film offers an honest portrait of life in lockdown from one of the northernmost points of the nation. Yet despite the remote setting, Kunnuk observes not isolation, but connection.

Being Prepared adds to the growing collection of stories documented during COVID. The film, like others, captures specific yet universal aspects of the experience shared by Canadians from coast to coast to coast. If Being Prepared inspires readers to seek out more portraits of life during lockdown, they can check out the collection of short docs in the NFB’s project The Curve. Read more about The Curve in our report on how Canadians documented and responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Watch Being Prepared below for free from the NFB.

Synopsis: As the global pandemic reaches into the Arctic Archipelago, Inuk filmmaker Carol Kunnuk documents how unfamiliar new protocols affect her family and community. Her vividly specific soundtrack juxtaposes snippets from local radio broadcasts, issuing health advisories in both Inuktitut and English, with the sweet sounds of children at play. A richly detailed and tender account of disruption and adjustment.


Being Prepared, Carol Kunnuk, provided by the National Film Board of Canada


Presented in partnership with the NFB.

Pat Mullen is the publisher of POV Magazine. He holds a Master’s in Film Studies from Carleton University where his research focused on adaptation and Canadian cinema. Pat has also contributed to outlets including The Canadian Encyclopedia, Paste, That Shelf, Sharp, Xtra, and Complex. He is the vice president of the Toronto Film Critics Association and an international voter for the Golden Globe Awards.

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