'The Wings of Johnny May' shines a spotlight on Inuit bush pilot Johnny May.

'The Wings of Johnny May' shines a spotlight on Inuit bush pilot Johnny May.

Creston library presenting film on legendary Inuit bush pilot

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The Creston Valley Public Library presents the National Film Board of Canada feature documentary, The Wings of Johnny May, as its May film club presentation.

This film shines a spotlight on Johnny May, the first Inuit bush pilot in the Nunavik region of northern Quebec — and a legend among his people. May has lived through astonishing adventures and has had a unique view of the transformation of the Arctic from his perch in the sky. During the 34,000 hours of flight time he’s logged, May has lived through exploits worthy of the novels of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The Wings of Johnny May is an airborne voyage that highlights a unique culture seen through the eyes of an exceptional man.

The Wings of Johnny May will be preceded by the animated short film, I Am But a Little Woman. Inspired by an Inuit poem first put to paper in 1927, I Am But a Little Woman wordlessly evokes the beauty and power of nature, as well as the bond between mother and daughter. As her daughter looks on, an Inuit woman creates a wall hanging filled with images of the spectacular Arctic landscape and traditional Inuit objects and iconography. Soon the boundaries between art and reality begin to dissolve.

See The Wings of Johnny May and I Am But a Little Woman at 7 p.m. May 6 at the Creston Valley Public Library (rear entrance). Admission is free. Running time is 90 minutes.

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