Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s powerful challenge to the anti-sealing movement, Angry Inuk, opens in Iqaluit on November 24 at the Astro Theatre, with Arnaquq-Baril in attendance
November 22, 2016 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
The multi-award winning documentary Angry Inuk (Unikkaat Studios/EyeSteelFilm), by Iqaluit’s own Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, will open in that city on November 24 with a FREE screening at 6 p.m. and the filmmaker in attendance to take questions. The film will also have two Sunday screenings in December, on the 11th and 18th, both at 4:30 p.m.
In Angry Inuk, a new generation of Inuit are challenging anti-sealing groups and bringing their voices into the conversation. Arnaquq-Baril and her cameras travel through the Canadian Arctic to hear from the people the animal activists rarely bother to meet—the hunters, the craftspeople, the families for whom the seal hunt is a critical part of their livelihood and survival―and follow a group of students to Europe where they plead the Inuit case before a European Union panel.
Seal meat is a staple food for Inuit, with many of the pelts sold to offset the extraordinary cost of hunting. Inuit are spread across extensive lands and waters, faced with a disproportionate responsibility for protecting the environment. They’re pushing for a sustainable way to take part in the global economy―but in opposition stands an army of well-funded activists and well-meaning celebrities. Angry Inuk interweaves the reality of Inuit life with their challenge to the anti-sealing industry and to nations that mine resources on Inuit lands while simultaneously destroying the main sustainable economy available there.
An Unikkaat Studios Inc. production in co-production with the NFB, in association with EyeSteelFilm, Angry Inuk received the Vimeo On Demand Audience Award at Hot Docs, accompanied by the Canadian Documentary Promotion Award, given to the independently produced feature-length Canadian documentary with a Canadian director that receives the highest rating in the audience poll. The film is produced by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and Bonnie Thompson (NFB), and executive produced by Bob Moore, Daniel Cross, and David Christensen (NFB).
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