Artist and Curator Bios
Zacharias Kunuk was born at Kapuivik, in Canada’s Igloolik region (now part of Nunavut). His first dramatic feature, Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001), won the award for Best Canadian Feature at TIFF and the Caméra d’Or at Cannes. His other works as director include the feature The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006), which screened at TIFF, a Genie-winning segment of The National Parks Project (2011), and the television documentary Inuit Cree Reconciliation (2013), co-directed with Neil Diamond. Maliglutit (Searchers) (2016) is his latest feature.
Jesse Wente is Ojibwe from Toronto. A broadcaster, public speaker and curator, he has appeared on CBC Radio's Metro Morning as film and pop culture critic for 20 years and currently serves as Director of Film Programmes, at TIFF Bell Lightbox, overseeing Theatrical, Cinematheque, Film Circuit and Exhibition programming. Wente has curated retrospectives on Indigenous Cinema, Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick, Michael Mann and Keanu Reeves. He has appeared in movies such as Reel Injun and Nightmare Factory. Currently a board member on the Toronto Arts Council, Wente has also served on the boards of the imagineNATIVE Festival, Native Earth Performing Arts and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for Canada Council for the Arts.