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Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s powerful challenge to the anti-sealing movement, the acclaimed feature doc Angry Inuk, begins national tour


Winner of the audience award at Hot Docs 2016, Iqaluit-based filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s acclaimed feature documentary Angry Inuk (National Film Board of Canada/Unikkaat Studios/EyeSteelFilm) is coming to communities across Canada, beginning this September with screenings at festivals in Halifax, Calgary, Yellowknife and Edmonton (complete schedule below).

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).

National screening schedule

Check local listings for complete details.

September 2016

NFB Showcase, Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax

Sept. 22 at 2 p.m., Park Lane Theatre 5

Calgary International Film Festival (Sept. 21 to Oct. 2

Yellowknife Film Festival (Sept. 26 to Oct. 2)

Dreamspeakers International Film Festival, Edmonton

Sept. 28 at 7 p.m., Metro Cinema


October 2016

imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Toronto

Opening Night Gala, October 19, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

NunatuKavut Nation General Assembly, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL (Oct. 21 to 22)

Antigonish International Film Festival, Antigonish, NS (Oct. 21 to 23)

Metro Cinema, Edmonton

Oct. 27 at 7p.m.

Oct. 29 at 4 p.m.

Oct. 29 at 9 p.m.

Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.

Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.

Nov. 2 at 9:30 p.m.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, Toronto

Opens Oct. 28


November 2016

Windsor International Film Festival (Nov. 1 to 6)

Gimme Some Truth Documentary Film Festival, Winnipeg (Nov. 3 to 6)

Devour! The Food Film Fest, Wolfville, NS (Nov. 2 to 6)

Zonta Film Festival, Kitchener-Waterloo

Nov. 9 at 2:45 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 6:00 p.m., Princess Twin Cinema

Marda Loop Justice Film Festival, Calgary (Nov. 15 to 20)


January 2017

ReFrame Peterborough International Film Festival (Jan. 27 to 29)


February 2017

World Community Film Festival, Courtenay, BC (Feb. 3 to 5)

tour of rural BC and Vancouver Island to follow




Related Products

Electronic Press Kit | Images, trailer, credits, synopsis: Angry Inuk


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