Mosha Folger


Courtesy Qaggiavuut!

Mosha Folger grew up in the community of Apex just outside of Iqaluit, NU. After living in Vancouver, BC, Folger now calls Ottawa, ON, his home [1]. Folger is a writer, director, producer, animator and editor of film and documentaries. He is also a spoken word poet, rapper and hip-hop artist [2].

Folger has likened his varied artistic practices to the meandering and nomadic lives of Inuit [3], emphasizing the importance of telling stories in his work, whether they are his own or those told to him by others [4]. Folger’s musical work is a self-called mash of urban, forward-thinking music with a traditional Inuit sensibility [5]. He has garnered renown for his intimate, personal work [6], which often incorporates poetry, music and biographical details [7]. In Folger’s many projects, he often works with family members on deeply personal subject matter [8].

Folger has been featured at over a dozen shows and performed at slams and open mics in Ottawa and Vancouver since December of 2005 [9]. He has been a playwright at Weesageechak Begins to Dance, performed for Her Excellency Michaëlle Jean and shared his brand of spoken word at various venues such as WestFest in Ottawa and the Alianait Arts Festival in Iqaluit [10]. His latest documentary, Iglu: Angirraq (2018) shines a light on the many concerns surrounding the concept of “home” in the Arctic, emphasizing the housing crisis and homelessness in Iqaluit.

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Accomplishments

2012: Music video Sides (2012) won Best Music Video at the 2012 imagineNATIVE Film Festival.
2008: Instructor and mentor for video writing/directing at the Minwaashin Lodge Mark Break Media Arts Program for Inuit, Metis and First Nation Youth.

About Mosha Folger

Medium:

Film, Literary Arts, New Media, Performance

Artistic Community:

Ottawa, ON