The Final Journey script
Synopsis: The Final Journey is a 2010 documentary that chronicles the largest of the Nazi concentration camps that were scattered throughout Germany during the Third Reich. Created and directed by film maker R. J. Adams and narrated by Paul Kirby, the program focuses entirely on the how and who played key roles in their contribution to the tragedy of the Holocaust.

I listen to the wind, to the wind of my soul,

Where I’ll end up, well I think, only God really knows...”

--Cat Stevens, THE WIND

Authors Note:

This script is about Inuits (Eskimos) of long ago. It was written

to be an extremely visual story-telling experience. As such, all

characters speak in Inuit dialects but it was the author's intent

that no subtitles would be needed for an audience to understand

what is happening at any point in the tale.

As to a director's intention, that will be up to her... :)

FADE IN:

EXT. MANPICHU WINTER CAMP - SUNSET

Ten square huts made of wood, bone, rock and fur snuggle in

an alcove of high cliffs bordering a frozen harbor and an

immense field of snow.

YOUNG ISHA, 5, wearing trousers and a coat with the hood

drawn tight around her face in the tradition of her people,

runs through the camp looking nervous.

She fiddles with something in her hand as she hurries past

scenes familiar to her way of life:

A woman digs food out of a snow pile beside her hut.

A few bold men make weapons, and a kayak, in the cold.

A man and woman play in the snow with their children and dog.

Isha stops at a hut with four low benches out front made of

log-halves. Three are covered by woven grass mats.

Isha stares with trepidation at the bare bench, then enters

the hut by crawling into a low, small hole.

INT. HUT - CONTINUOUS

Isha crawls through a tunnel leading down a few feet, then up

again (to prevent flooding), emerging in a great square room.

A CROWD is gathered around something Isha cannot see because

of her height, but SHE HEARS A WOMAN CHANTING IN INUIT.

Isha pushes by everyone to find her graven father NATO, 40,

and obedient mother NUTCHA, 35, sitting cross-legged behind

her elderly grandmother IMMANNA, 80.

All three face the chanting woman who stands before them

RECITING HER SONG WITH VIGOR.

When the song ends, Immanna nods and the woman recedes into

the crowd.

A young man replaces her and RECITES ANOTHER SONG IN INUIT.

Nato notices Isha and beckons her.

Isha moves to him, keeping low. Immanna smiles as she passes,

and Isha smiles back.

2.

Reaching Nato, however, her smile disappears. She shows him

what she carries-- a necklace with a walrus-ivory pendant

carved in the likeness of a snow owl.

Displeased by the pendant, Nato shoves Isha to the ground.

The reciting young man STOPS SINGING, alarmed. Immanna looks

at Isha, who puts her head down, embarrassed.

Immanna nods at the young man who nods back and returns to

the crowd. Nobody takes his place.

Nato stands and lifts Isha by the ear, WHISPERING SOMETHING

TO HER and pointing at the hut entrance.

Isha nods and runs back through the crowd towards it.

But when she reaches the entrance, AVANNTA, an Angakok (Holy

Man), enters, rising to an unsettling height above her.

Isha stares up at him in awe, but despite the black lines

tattooed on his face, and his collar and crown of elaborate

feathers and long grasses, he offers her a gentle smile.

Avannta takes Isha’s hand and marches her back to Nato, who

appears nervous as they approach.

Glaring at Nato, Avannta holds out his hand to Isha.

Isha gives Avannta the pendant and glances anxiously at

Immanna who stifles a laugh.

Avannta holds the necklace out before Nato and all present.

Everyone bows their head in reverence, including Nato.

AVANNTA:

(Reminder:
all dialogue is

in real Inuit dialect

with no subtitles)

I knew you would not listen to your

daughter! I gave her the amulet to

present to you until I came, but

this was not good enough for you!

You treat her in a manner that

could curse your family through the

ages! No respect for the young

leads to no respect for the old,

and so ends everything!

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Michael Lee Barlin

Michael Lee Barlin is a writer and director, known for The Pig Farm (2000), Final Journey and Schooled (2007). more…

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