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John Walker

Writer, Director, Co-Producer

John Walker is one of the most prestigious Canadian directors working in the documentary genre.

His films are personal, lyrical and express a deep understanding of the human condition. They have been widely broadcast and have appeared at the major international film festivals in Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, London and Tokyo. He has received seventeen nominations and awards from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television including the coveted DONALD BRITTAIN AWARD - BEST SOCIAL/POLITICAL DOCUMENTARY.

Walker wrote, directed and co-produced the provocative feature film PASSAGE, a
fiction/documentary co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada and broadcast on BBC and History Television. This tale of Sir John Franklin’s failed Arctic expedition and the maligned Inuit portrayed as cannibals by Charles Dickens was hailed as “one of the great triumphs in Canadian documentary film history”. It won numerous national and international awards including the coveted 2010 ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN HISTORIANS - ERIC BARNOW AWARD. His documentary A DRUMMER’S DREAM, featuring some of the best drummers on the planet took audiences to another dimension of pure joy and exhilaration. The film was awarded the Hot DOCS TOP TEN AUDIENCE FAVOURITE AWARD and the FIPA D’OR - BEST PERFORMING ARTS In France.

His film PLAYING A DANGEROUS GAME has recently been nominated by the Directors Guild of Canada for the ALLAN KING AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DOCUMENTARY.
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Arctic Defenders: My Documentary About the Creation of Nunavut

Arctic Defenders, my 20th film is about the creation of Nunavut. The film demonstrates that political engagement was necessary to protect Inuit rights. It is told from the point of view of the visionary Inuit leaders, Tagak Curley and John Amagoalik and others who dedicated their lives to protecting the language, culture and environment of their homeland -- the Canadian Arctic.
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