Angry Inuk

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Canada | 2016 | 85 minutes | Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Seal hunting has always been a crucial part of Inuit life, but decades of anti-sealing groups have had unexpected and largely undocumented impacts. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow activists as they finally bring their own voices into the conversation.

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For most people, a diet of seal meat is unthinkable. However, for director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and her clan in Kimmirut, a small traditional community near Baffin Island, it is ideal and the only fresh protein available in the Canadian Arctic. Seal-hunting became a moral hot topic in the '70s and '80s, and the laws to protect seals have a profound effect on the people who live the traditional lifestyle in the Arctic. They used to earn money from commercial sales of sealskin products, which helped subsidize the seal hunt, and share it with the community. Nowadays they struggle to earn a living and stand their ground against pressures from environmental organizations like Greenpeace and animal-rights groups. "We are casualties of a faraway war," says Arnaquq-Baril, who, together with a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit, campaign and lobby in Europe to challenge negative perceptions of seal-hunting. Armed with social media and their own sense of justice and humor, this group is bringing an indigenous voice into the conversation and presenting themselves to the world as a modern people in need of a sustainable economy. Eight years in the making, Arnaquq-Baril builds this documentary around the voices and actions of her people: hunters, artisans, and the young generation who are passionate advocates for issues vital to Inuit survival.

Director Biography

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is an Inuk filmmaker. She is known for producing and directing films about Inuit culture including The Embargo Project, Aviliaq: Entwined, and Lumaajuuq. Arnaquq-Baril operates Unikkaat Studios, a production company in Iqaluit, Nunavut and is president of the Ajjiit Nunavut Media Association.

Sponsored by Canadian Studies Center UW, Consulate General of Canada, Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund, Muckleshoot Tribe

  • Director: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 85 minutes
  • Producer: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Bonnie Thompson
  • Screenplay: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
  • Cinematographers: Qajaaq Ellsworth
  • Editors: Sophie Farkas Bolla
  • Music: Florencia Di Concilio
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2016 (Audience Award, Canadian Documentary Promotion Award); Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2017 (Social Justice Award)
  • Filmography: The Embargo Project (2015)
  • Language: Inuktitut
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: BOND360
  • International Sales: National Film Board of Canada