Who serves the role of the narrator in the film Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner?

The character of Panikpak serves briefly as the film's narrator at the beginning of Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner.

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Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner is a Canadian Inuit film directed by Zacharias Kunuk. It tells the story of a man called Atanarjuat who is being pursued by his rival, Oki. The film was a huge critical success upon its release, winning, among many other awards, Best Canadian Film at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Near the beginning of the film, the character Panikpak briefly serves as the film's narrator when she states,

We never knew what he was or why it happened. Evil came to us like Death. It just happened and we had to live with it.

This is then followed by a scene in which a character named Tungajuaq casts an evil curse over the village.

Though Panikpak doesn't provide any more voice-overs, the camera often focuses on her, particularly at the end of the scene when the other characters have had their say. It is as if she is one that makes the final judgment. For example, when the men restrict Tulimaq and his family to only the rear end of a recently killed animal, the camera focuses on Panikpak's face. Moments later, we see her at the entrance of Tulimaq's igloo, delivering more food to his children.

At the end of the film, it is Panikpak who tells the villagers that they must forgive Oki and Puja their sins.

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