January 18, 2017 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
With the seal hunt criticized by anti-sealing groups, international audiences will finally have a chance to hear from the Inuit side of the debate in Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk, a multi-award-winning feature documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada and Unikkaat Studios in association with EyeSteelFilm.
Chosen as one of Canada’s Top 10 films of 2016 by the Toronto International Film Festival, Angry Inuk is set to make its international premiere next week at the International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes (FIPA) in Biarritz, France. The film will debut Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Le Colisée, followed by a screening and Q&A with the filmmaker on Jan. 27 at Le Casino Municipal, starting at 3 p.m. There will also be a special screening of the film for students on Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. (TBC).
The film travels next to California for its U.S. premiere as part of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Feb. 1–11). That promises to be just the first of many opportunities for American audiences to hear from the Inuit side of the seal-hunt debate, thanks to a recently concluded U.S. distribution deal for Angry Inuk with BOND/360.
Angry Inuk will be featured next at the Berlin Film Festival (February 9–19) as part of its series NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema, which this year is focusing on Arctic Indigenous filmmaking.
About the film
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 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 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 is produced by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and Bonnie Thompson (NFB), and executive produced by Bob Moore, Daniel Cross, and David Christensen (NFB).
Angry Inuk garnered some of Canada’s top film honours this past year, including the Vimeo On Demand Audience Award at Hot Docs, the Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award at imagineNATIVE and the DOC Vanguard Award from the Documentary Organization of Canada. To top off a distinguished year, the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, also recently conferred a Meritorious Service Cross to Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, for her founding of Unikkaat Studios.
International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema