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Canada, 2016

Production : Unikkaat Studios, ONF / NFB, EyeSteelFilm

Programmed by Hubert Sabino-Brunette

English, Inuktitut

French, English

Prix Magnus-Isacsson & Prix des Détenues - RIDM 2016



In her award-winning documentary, director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting. Armed with social media tools, endowed with a particular sense of humour, and guided by a strong sense of justice, this group is bringing its own voice into the conversation and presenting themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.

A word from Tënk

Taking a highly personal approach, the filmmaker tells the story of the seal hunt and exposes its impacts from the perspective of her own Inuit community. Cleverly constructed, the film is an intelligent and touching response to the willful misinformation spread by animal rights groups. Here, the seal hunt is linked to a collective way of life: it is a mark of ancestral knowledge transmission, and also a practice that rests upon a deep respect towards a nourishing nature, around which a responsible and sustainable economy is centered. Driven by a desire for pedagogy and dialogue, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril nevertheless asserts a dignified and fertile anger that hits right on target, notably due to its sincerity. In short, Angry Inuk is a politically charged documentary that she guides with great deal of honesty.

Hubert Sabino-Brunette
Teacher and programmer

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