January 26, 2017 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) announced on January 23, 2017, that BOND/360 has acquired U.S. distribution rights to two new NFB feature documentaries: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk (NFB/Unikkaat Studios/EyeSteelFilm) and Anjali Nayar’s Gun Runners.
With the seal hunt criticized by anti-sealing activists, U.S. audiences will finally have a chance to hear from the Inuit side of the debate in the multi-award-winning Angry Inuk, which will have its U.S. premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (February 1–11, 2017).
The American Dream, Kenyan-style, Gun Runners follows two North Kenyan warriors looking to transform their lives by trading in their rifles for sneakers to become professional marathon runners. Nayar’s film had its U.S. premiere on Jan. 8 at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Angry Inuk introduces audiences to a new generation of Inuit who 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 that are often ignored—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 pushing for a sustainable way to take part in the global economy. 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.
Angry Inuk has garnered top honours in Canada, including the Audience Award at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and a selection to the Toronto International Film Festival’s Top Ten Canadian films of 2016. An Unikkaat Studios Inc. production in co-production with the NFB, in association with EyeSteelFilm, Angry Inuk is produced by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and Bonnie Thompson (NFB), and executive produced by Bob Moore, Daniel Cross, and David Christensen (NFB).
Gun Runners is the story of Julius Arile and Robert Matanda, who for years thrived among the bands of warriors terrorizing the North Kenyan countryside: stealing cattle, raiding and running from the police. So when both suddenly disappear from the bush, many assume they’re dead or have been arrested. Instead, they’ve traded in their rifles for sneakers—in the hopes of making it big as professional marathon runners. Years of fleeing from the police have prepared the men for running marathon distances, but do they have what it takes to overcome the corruption, mistrust and jealousy that threaten to derail their careers?
Gun Runners is produced for the NFB by Annette Clarke and Kat Baulu.
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Director, Communications and Public Affairs, NFB