Elders Gathering 2023


Tanya Tagaq and Chelsea McMullan
2022 | 90 min

English and Inuktitut with English subtitles


Ever Deadly is an immersive, visceral music and cinema experience featuring Tanya Tagaq, avant-garde Inuit throat singer, and created in collaboration with award-winning filmmaker Chelsea McMullan. This documentary explores Tagaq’s transformation of sound with an eye to colonial fallout, natural freedom and Canadian history.

We witness Tagaq’s intimate relationship with the Nuna—the Land—a living, breathing organism present in all forms of her improvised performances. Ever Deadly  weaves concert footage with stunning sequences filmed on location in Nunavut, seamlessly bridging landscapes, stories and songs with pain, anger and triumph—all through the expressions of one of the most innovative musical performers of our time.

Ever Deadly, Chelsea McMullan & Tanya Tagaq, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Awards and Festivals

  • Audience Choice Award, Best Canadian Documentary FeatureYellowknife Film Festival, Canada (2022)

  • Special Mention, Best Canadian Feature FilmAvailable Light Film Festival, Canada (2023)

  • Official SelectionToronto International Film Festival, Canada (2022)

  • Official selection – Music on Screen & DGC Canadian Documentary competitionCalgary International Film Festival, Canada (2022)

  • Official Selection – PortraitsVancouver International Film Festival, Canada (2022)

  • Official SelectionFestival du nouveau cinéma, Canada (2022)

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