NUTSHIMIT – on the land

A film by Sarah Sandring

Innu Nation, 51 min, 2010

„We would never have become so close with the animals, if the female caribou hadn’t married an Innu.”

Munik Rich, Innu elder


The Innu teenagers Becca, Sage, Todd and Pinip are staying at different hunting camps with their families. Their adventures and conversations with their grandparents weave an intimate and profound portrait of a people whose survival, history and worldview is intertwined with the land, the animals, the plants and the spirit world. Only between the lines, the presence of another, a threatening society becomes tangible.

NUTSHIMIT – on the land tells the present-day story of one of the last semi-nomadic hunting people of Canada, the Mushuau Innu of Labrador. The Mushuau Innu themselves commissioned the film for their children and coming generations of Innu to create a visual legacy of their continuing life on the land, which they call Nutshimit.

Nutshimit – on the land is part of a greater documentary collaboration and filmmaker exchange with the community of Natuashish, which also created a film training initiative for young Innu.

This film is part of the Innu Film Collaboration.

2015 Labradorians on Film, Goose Bay, Labrador
2015 Cinema Politica, St. John’s, Newfoundland
2014 Tage des Indigenen Films, Rostock, Germany
2013 Native Spirit Film Festival, London
2012 Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto
2011 First Nations Festival, Montréal
2011 London International Documentary Festival, London
2011 Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, Winnipeg
2010 Innu Traveling Film Festival, Labrador / Quebec
2010 Montréal International Documentary Festival, Montréal, Nomination Priz Caméra-stylo
2010 Planet in Focus, Toronto
Producer & Director: Sarah Sandring
Director of Photography: Rohan Chitrakar
Editor: Hanka Knipper, BFS
Composer: Sebastian Oswald
Sound Recordist: Bart Simpson
Sound Design: Robert Wolff, Studio Mitte
Re-Recording Mixer: Joerg Hoehne, Studio Mitte
Color Correction: Shantimarg Pictures
Project Advisor: Christine Poker
Commissioned by: The Mushuau Innu Band Council
Graphic Design: Christine Kühn

Details: 51 min, HD, 16:9, Color, DE/CA 2010, © Sarah Sandring