Tia and Piujuq Synopsis

Tia, a 10 year-old Syrian refugee living in Montreal, finds a magic portal and travels to the Arctic.  There, she befriends an Inuk girl with whom she immerses herself into a world of Inuit myth and magic.


Main Cast

Tia Bshara (Tia), Nuvvija Tulugarjuk (Piujuq), Ghaiss Gharibet (Samir), Madeline Ivalu (Ananatia), Jacky Qrunnut (Uncle Jacky) and Eiman Aljaber (Amani).


Director: Lucy TULUGARJUK

Screenplay: Samuel COHN-COUSINEAU, Marie-Hélène COUSINEAU,


Producer: Marie-Hélène COUSINEAU

Directors of Photography: Edith LABBÉ, Jonathan FRANTZ

Production Design: Mélanie MCNICOLL, Susan AVINGAQ

Editing: Jeremiah HAYES

Music: Chris COLEMAN, Celina KALLUK

Executive Producers: Madeline IVALU, Susan AVINGAQ

Illustrations: Germaine ARNAKTAUYOK

Production & Distribution

Produced by: Arnait video Productions

Distributed by: Isuma Distribution Internationl (IDI)


2017 | 79 min | English/Arabic/French/Inuktitut with English subtitles | Dramatic feature |

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About Tia and Piujuq’s Creators

A film such as Tia and Piujuq brings together the visions of many artists and artisans and transforms them into a unique, magical world.  Here are some of these artists’ bios.

Germaine Arnaktauyok’s breathtaking illustrations made Tia and Piujuq’s magical world especially beautiful. Germaine is one of the most prolific and recognizable Inuit artists and illustrators. Born on the land near the community of Igloolik, Germaine received her artistic training in Ottawa and Winnipeg. She is renowned for her prints and etchings depicting Inuit myths and traditional ways of life, which have been featured in museums and galleries around the world.

The film’s director, Lucy Tulugarjuk, has been involved in filmmaking for almost 20 years as an award-winning actress (Atanarjuat The Fast Runner, Maïna) assistant-director to Zacharias Kunuk (Journals of Knud Rassmussen, Maliglutit), makeup artist, casting director, and television host. Lucy is also the Executive Producer for Nunavut Independent Television Network (NITV), and has travelled the world as an ambassador for Inuit culture. Tia and Piujuq is her directorial debut.

The film’s producer, and co-writer, Marie-Hélène Cousineau, established Arnait Video Productions in 1991 to teach filmmaking to women in Igloolik. She has co-produced and co-directed award-winning feature films and documentaries (Before Tomorrow; Uvanga; SOL) with her long-time Igloolik colleagues Madeline Ivalu and Susan Avingaq.

Susan Avingaq is the film’s production designer and executive producer.

Susan has been a regular contributor to Arnait since 1991. A renowned seamstress and artist in the Baffin region, she is also active locally in teaching sewing traditions to younger Inuit women. Susan was born on the land and moved to Igloolik in the mid-1970’s, keeping her traditions alive and sharing her stories. She was art director for Before Tomorrow and Uvanga, as well as for Zacharias Kunuk’s latest film Maliglutit (Searchers). Susan was nominated for three Genies as screenwriter, composer, and art director for her work on Before Tomorrow. In 2014, she co-directed Arnait’s award-winning feature documentary, SOL.

Designed by Taqqut Productions Inc. Artwork by Germaine Arnaktauyok.

Copyright Sivumu Northern Productions, Arnait Video Productions 2019