Museum to host fourth annual Native American Film Series

Posted Nov. 26, 2012, at 1:35 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 26, 2012, at 2:11 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 7 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Abbe Museum Downtown, 26 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: Abbe Museum; 207-288-3519;

BAR HARBOR, Maine — The Abbe Museum will host the fourth annual Native American Film Series, “The Necessities of Life” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the museum, 26 Mount Desert St.

Far from home, an ailing Inuit hunter experiences a rebirth and finds hope again when he forges an unlikely friendship with a young boy. In 1952, an Inuit hunter named Tivii with tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at a sanatorium in Quebec City. Uprooted, far from his loved ones, unable to speak French and faced with a completely alien world, he becomes despondent. When he refuses to eat and expresses a wish to die, his nurse, Carole, comes to the realization that Tivii’s illness is not the most serious threat to his well-being. She arranges to have a young orphan, Kaki, transferred to the institution. The boy is also sick, but has experience with both worlds and speaks both languages. By sharing his culture with Kaki and opening it up to others, Tivii rediscovers his pride and energy.

The film series is free thanks to the support of Reel Pizza.