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Angry Inuk

Canada 2016. Dir: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril. 85 min. DCP

Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk examines, with heartbreaking effect, the impact of protests against seal hunting on Inuit communities in Canada and elsewhere. Part exposé, part personal documentary, and part community portrait (her family lives on Baffin Island, one of the regions hardest hit by bans), the film charts the history of the anti-sealing movement with precision and clarity. Anti-sealers still use old images of whitecoat baby seals being clubbed, decades after such hunting was banned, and still imply that the seal population is endangered, although it has quadrupled since the 1980s. Why? Seal-hunting protests and campaigns, many led by celebrities, are by far the most lucrative for animal rights and environmental groups. Arnaquq-Baril painstakingly underscores the unfunny irony: people from the wealthiest areas in the world lecturing the most economically-challenged on how to live. Audience Award, Hot Docs. — Steve Gravestock, TIFF


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REVIEWS

"Activist cinema at its best."

NOW Toronto | full review

"Fiercely passionate ... Arnaquq-Baril has zero tolerance for nonsense and the titular angry Inuk of this doc refuses to sit silently from the sidelines. Thank goodness for that."

POV Magazine | full review