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network 17/12/2015 - 05:00PM

CP Director of Programming Interviews Alethea Arnaquq-Baril about Of the North film

Montreal’s pre-eminent documentary film festival, RIDM, has been at the centre of a documentary screening ethics controversy  since the completion of their 2015 edition of the festival this past November. After holding public screenings of the film Of the North (directed by Quebec filmmaker Dominic Gagnon) the festival faced criticism from Inuit filmmakers, artists and others who argued that the film should not have been included in the festival because it perpetuates negative stereotypes of Inuit.
 
As the controversy rumbled on, mainstream media missed the point, industry heavyweights defended the film as art, and the festival admitted the screening was mishandled but stood by its choice. In all the commotion it seemed like non-Indigenous voices dominated the conversation. With that in mind, Cinema Politica Director of Programming Ezra Winton contacted Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, the Inuit filmmaker who first sounded the alarm, for an interview. Their conversation is now published on Art Threat, and you can read the whole thing here.

Inuit filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, photo credit John Burridge
 

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