Ontario pubcaster TVO has set a premiere date for the world broadcast of its documentary There is a House Here from director Alan Zweig.
The TVO Original documentary, produced in association with Primitive Entertainment, navigates issues of culture and identity as Zweig travels to Nunavut to learn from its citizens and explore their culture.
The documentary is a result of years of correspondence between the director and Inuk rock singer Tatanniq Idlout, a.k.a. Lucie Idlout. When Zweig is told by Idlout that living conditions in the North resemble those in the Third World, he sets out to experience part of Northern Canada for himself.
Zweig’s earnest questions are first seen as suspicious by locals who view his an outsider. However, over time, with the support of Idlout acting as his guide, the people the director encounters begin to open about the hardships – suicide, residential schools, poverty, substance abuse and a lack of affordable housing – they have experienced and their rich and enduring culture.
“There is a House Here is a beautiful and honest film that will challenge perceptions of Canada’s North,” says John Ferri, TVO vice president, current affairs and documentaries, in a statement.
There is a House Here premieres Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TVO.