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.
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
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
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)
ReFrame Peterborough International Film Festival (Jan. 27 to 29)
World Community Film Festival, Courtenay, BC (Feb. 3 to 5)
tour of rural BC and Vancouver Island to follow
Electronic Press Kit | Images, trailer, credits, synopsis: Angry Inuk
Online Screening Room: NFB.ca