B: in Montréal, Québec
Marie-Hélène Cousineau first arrived in Igloolik, Nunavut in 1990, where she quickly became an integral part in the development of women`s video. In 1991, she founded Tarriaksuk Video Centre with Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn, and established Arnait Video Productions with Mary Kunuk and Madeline Ivalu. She still produces and directs videos for Arnait Video Productions, including the personal documentary Unakuluk, Dear Little One. Cousineau served as consultant in the development of the Nunavut Film Commission, and from 2002 to 2004, she was the vice-president of Ajjitt, the Nunavut Filmmakers Association. She has also sat on the board of Studio XX, a feminist art organization in Montreal. Cousineau has taught media courses at the Collège Jean de Brébeuf and Concordia University in Montreal. Her video Women in Black won the Alcan Best Documentary Award at the Festival international du jeune cinéma de Montréal. She received an MFA in Communication Studies and Production from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and an MA in Art History from the Université du Québec à Montréal. In addition to video production and teaching, Cousineau works as a freelance journalist for Radio Canada International and newspapers such as Nunatsiaq News and La Presse. Before Tomorrow was her first feature film.
Features & TV Movies:
Unakuluk, Dear Little One (2005)