"The Fast Runner," an award-winning Canadian film, will be shown at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at OK Theatre, as part of the ongoing Fishtrap film series.

It tells the Inuit (Eskimo) legend of a man who married for love, survived a shaman's curse, and ended the revenge killings of several generations.

The film series is a cooperative effort of Fishtrap and OK Theater. A suggested $5 donation goes for heating and theater expenses.

This spectacularly beautiful and sophisticated film was written, directed, and acted entirely by Inuit people. It won the Camera d'Or for Best First Film at Cannes 2001 and six Canadian Oscars, including Best Director.

It portrays a traditional Arctic way of life that is now mostly a memory, but the story is a classic drama, not a documentary. The dialogue is in the Inuktitut language, with subtitles. Don't be put off by the opening scene, which is shot inside an igloo and is hard to understand. Pretend you have stumbled into a foreign country and, like a well-intentioned traveler, you will gradually get the hang of it. This film is just short of three hours.

Films are selected by Fishtrap volunteers. Anyone who has a favorite foreign or art or classic films that deserves a wider audience is invited to submit the title to the Fishtrap office, 426-3623.

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