Like most people I know, more and more of my entertainment comes from the internet. In fact, I don’t really know anyone who watches cable or broadcast television anymore, at least not in their home. But finding compelling, intelligent and original programs online can be a bit like wading through a garbage dump. It’s not that it isn’t there, but it can be hard to sift from the trash. Which is what makes Isuma.tv such a precious find.
Isuma.tv operates as a neutral distribution service, i.e. the programs and films are free to watch for the audience and the service is free for the filmmakers who post their work. Isuma.tv is an internet portal for indigenous films and video. Their goal is to help indigenous filmmakers reach a wider audience. And as a member of that audience, they are also providing an extraordinary television experience for anyone who wants to watch.
They have contemporary films, community broadcast programming, they host unique live events, and they also have irreplaceable archives of elders and old footage recording traditions and cultures.
Isuma.tv was created by Igloolik Isuma Productions, the talented folks who brought us Atanarjuat The Fast Runner and The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, along with Nunavut Independent TV Network (NITV), imagineNATIVE Film+Media Arts Festival, Vtape and others.
For the participatory among you, Isuma.tv is calling for filmmakers, partners and financial contributors to join their collective effort to preserve and enhance global indigenous filmmaking. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.