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Angry Inuk

  • The Rooms 9 Bonaventure Avenue St. John's (map)

Wow, what a smart, riveting documentary this is. The title more than hints at its purpose: giving a voice to Inuit hunters whose existence has been threatened by southern-led animal rights groups and their relentless campaigns against the seal hunt. Idle no more, the men and women of the remote coastal communities featured here are determined to show the world what the effects of those protests have been, fighting back with wit, humour, and a palpable sense of justice. Yes, the subject is unavoidably controversial, but when have the people most victimized by animal rights groups ever had so much opportunity to make their case? And, make it they do. The camera fearlessly shows the hunt and its life-sustaining benefits, as a new generation of Inuit youngsters harness social media to mark their reality. Some films just need to be labeled Important—no matter what. Angry Inuk is that and more—a beautifully rendered visual essay on the nature of survival itself.

Writer/Director: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Producer: Bonnie Thompson

Country: Canada

Runtime: 85mins

Thursday, October 20th, 2:30PM, The Rooms