Solomon Uyarasuk documentary coming to Iqaluit next week

'Sol,' a feature-length documentary that pays tribute to Artcirq performer Solomon Uyarasuk, is coming to Iqaluit's Astro theatre next week.

Acclaimed film to screen at Astro theatre next Wednesday night

Solomon Uyarasuk of Igloolik was a musician, poet, and amateur acrobat. The feature documentary, 'Sol,' which tells the story of his life, is coming to Iqaluit's Astro theatre next week. (Arnait Video Productions)

A feature-length documentary that pays tribute to Artcirq performer Solomon Uyarasuk is coming to Iqaluit next Wednesday night.

Sol examines the issue of youth suicide in Nunavut through the story of Uyarasuk, who died of an apparent suicide in an RCMP cell in Igloolik in the summer of 2012. 

"Suicide is a very touchy issue," says Marie-Hélène Cousineau, who co-directed the film with Susan Avingaq, and who plans to be in Iqaluit for the film's Nunavut premiere.

"Everybody has been impacted by this in Nunavut. You know a lot of emotions can come out when you discuss this, or when you see a film about this issue."

Cousineau says there will be an opportunity to discuss the film after it's screened at the Astro Theatre in Iqaluit. 

Admission will be by donation and all funds will go to the Embrace Life Council.

Sol was named one of the top 10 Canadian films of 2014 by the Toronto International Film Festival organization.

Uyarasuk's death was also recently the subject of a coroner's inquest in Igloolik.

After examining the evidence, the coroner's jury recommended the investigation into his death be reopened.

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