It sounds like the set-up for a politically incorrect joke: Did you hear the one about the journalist who began his journey in the Buddha's footsteps in Poland? But what was I doing in Oswiecim, in the southwest corner of Poland? It might make more sense knowing the German name by which Oswiecim is better recognized: Auschwitz.
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Call him Norman of the North -- or the Wandering Jew.
That's the best way to explain how cinematographer Norman Cohn of Washington Heights, N.Y., moved to the Canadian Arctic and shot the first Inuit-language feature film. He was the only non-Inuit to work on Zacharius Kunuk's "The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)," based on an ancient epic about a community torn apart by jealousy. The haunting film won a top 2001 Cannes prize and was deemed a "masterpiece" by The New York Times.