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Worcester Event (english)
09 Sep 2002
The Fast Runner
Thursday, September 19th, 6:00pm
Bijou Cinema - Worcester, MA
This is to announce an event to raise money for Sacred Lands, a nonprofit organization. On Thursday, September 19th we will premier the movie "The Fast Runner" at the Bijou Cinema in Worcester, MA. The doors open at 6pm, there will be a special presentation at 6:30pm, and the movie will begin at 7pm.

To learn more about the vision of Sacred Lands, please go to:

The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) is based on an ancient Inuit legend, set in the Arctic at the dawn of the first millennium. For countless generations, Igloolik elders have kept the legend of Atanarjuat alive through oral history to teach young Inuit the dangers of setting personal desire above the needs of the group.

Inuit storytelling is one of the world's oldest living art forms. For four millennia Igloolik's nomadic ancestors passed all their knowledge, culture, philosophy and values from generation to generation without a written language. While other cultures excelled at building temples or empires, making money or waging war, Inuit learned to tell really good stories: entertaining and suspenseful enough to keep listeners spellbound, carrying complex cultural information hidden in multiple layers of meaning.

Atanarjuat demystifies the exotic, otherworldly aboriginal stereotype by telling a powerful, universal story -- a drama set in motion by conflicts and emotions that have surfaced in virtually every culture known to man.

The Story: Evil in the form of an unknown shaman divides a small community of nomadic Inuit, upsetting its balance and spirit. Twenty years pass. Two brothers emerge to challenge the evil order: Amaqjuaq, the Strong One, and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner. Atanarjuat wins the hand of the lovely Atuat away from the boastful son of the camp leader, Oki, who vows to get even. Oki ambushes the brothers in their sleep, killing Amaqjuaq, as Atanarjuat miraculously escapes running naked over the spring sea ice. But can he ever escape the cycle of vengeance left behind?

Visit the official "Fast Runner" website at

Location: The Bijou Cinema is located on Worcester Center Blvd. in Worcester, Massachusetts. Please visit their website for more information about the theater and directions.

Tickets: Donation is $10 in advance or $12 on the night of the show. Admission includes hors d'oeuvres. Tickets can be purchased at the Bijou Cinema box office or online at
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