Northern Justice

(Presently in the YAP Films Library)

60 minutes • Documentary • Produced in association with: TV Ontario • Production year: 1995

Northern Justice takes viewers into the court, into the lives of the individuals engaged in the operation of the court system, into the lives of the people who come before it, and into the burning issues facing the Canadian justice system including, the admissibility of so called “cultural defenses,” alternative courts and alternative sentencing.

Two interwoven stories, two crews and two directors. One director follows the fly-in court as they make their way around the island, stopping in each village for a few days to try criminal cases. The other director follows four accused Inuit youths in the hamlet of Pond Inlet as they await their day in court.

The stories clash and cross in the courtroom. In time lapse fashion, we see an arrest, a trial and a sentence that takes us to lunar landscapes at the very edge of the ice floes.

Directed by: Simcha Jacobovici and Elliott Halpern
Producers: Simcha Jacobovici and Elliott Halpern

Award Highlights:

  • Silver UNESCI Award & Bronze WorldMedal, New York Festivals
  • Gold Award, WorldFest-Charleston International Film Festival
  • Silver Apple, National Educational Media Awards