Washington D.C. Premiere


BEFORE TOMORROW (Canada, 2008, 93 min.)

Co-presented by the National Museum of the American Indian

Washington, D.C. Premiere Two elders in an Inuit family enjoy feasts, weddings, storytelling and fishing with their extended communities during a summer gathering in the mid-19th century. But one is ill and the other worried. Stories of the Europeans’ impending advance are spreading. The two volunteer, along with a younger nephew, to stay behind on a remote island to dry the fish after a bountiful catch. Following the death of one of the pair, the others begin the journey home – only to discover that their worst fears may have come true. Distilling the grand narrative of first contact into a more intimate encounter, the film explores how this historic event changed not only the Inuit people but the entire world. Using a subtle observational style that gives the film a sense of history made real, Before Tomorrow recasts Canada’s wilderness ethos and its representation on screen. (—Jesse Wente, Toronto International Film Festival.) Directed by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu. Produced by Stéphane Rituit. Executive Producers: Norman Cohn and Zacharias Kunuk. Based on the book, For Morgendagen by Jorn Riel.

Introduced by Melissa Bisagni, Film & Video Program Manager, National Museum of the American Indian.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

$10 General Admission; $8.50 AFI Members; $9 Seniors (65+), Students (with valid ID), and Military; $6 Children (12 and under). Tickets may be purchased at the box office (opens 30 minutes before the film) or online at

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md. (METRO: Silver Spring)

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