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Angry Inuk

Angry Inuk
Director: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Canada, 2016, documentary, 85 minutes., english with lithuanian subtitles, N-13

Angry Inuk, a masterful new documentary from Canadian film director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, turns its attention to an especially controversial subject – seal hunting and the effects of its restrictions on Inuit communities in Canada and the world. The film looks at the communities whose voices, stories and everyday life is often left unrepresented. Angry Inuk is an attempt to craft a dialogue between the protests against this mode of hunting, headed by organisations such as Greenpeace and PETA, often supported by world-famous celebrities, and the people to whom this activity is their only livelihood. At the same time it is an extremely personal story of the director‘s family and community, living on Baffin island. Arnaquq-Baril, famous for her portrayal of Inuit culture, turns her attention to the seemingly impossible conundrum of the necessity to protect animal rights and the survival of hundred-year-old communities.

Awards:

2017 – Audience Choice Award for Best Canadian Documentary, Available Light Film Festival (Canada), Award Winner - Canada’s Top Ten Awards, Social Justice Award for Documentary Film, Santa Barbara International Film Festival (USA).

2016 - Magnus Isacsson Award, Womens Inmates' Award, Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal (Canada), Audience Award, Hot Docs (Canada), Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award,  imagineNATIVE Film Festival (Canada).

About the director:

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is an Inuit filmmaker from the Canadian Arctic, where her production company, Unikkaat Studios, is based. She has directed several features, including the award-winning NFB animation Lumaajuuq: The Blind Boy and the Loon (2010) , and the animated short Sloth (2011). The latter was one of 15 shorts selected by renowned film programmer Danny Lennon for Telefilm’s Perspective Canada screenings at the Cannes Film Market. Angry Inuk is Arnaquq-Baril‘s newest feature. In 2017, she was selected to be honoured as one of Canada‘s top women filmmakers at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Screenplay: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Dir. of Photography: Qajaaq Ellsworth

Cast: Aaju Peter, Lasaloosie Ishulutak, Joannie Ikkidluak