Sikumi On the Ice: A Shining Light on Community and Conscience

Sikumi On the Ice: A Shining Light on Community and Conscience

Sikumi is a short film by Writer/Director Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, which was the winner of the Jury Prize for Short Filmmaking at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The film tells the story of an Inuit hunter who drives his dog team out onto the frozen Arctic Ocean in search of seals, but instead becomes a witness to murder.  Sikumi serves as a metaphor for larger concepts such as Community, which judges and sets standards of conduct for a people, and Conscience, which, in the absence of witnesses, must live with itself.  A startlingly spare and beautiful update on the Western, Sikumi (On the Ice) takes full advantage of the stark and dramatic setting it employs on the way to becoming one of the best short films of recent memory.

Sikumi On the Ice: A Shining Light on Community and Conscience

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