Still from Angry Inuk
Still from Angry Inuk

Angry Inuk

by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins fellow Inuit activists to challenge anti-sealing NGOs while correcting misrepresentations of sealing and Inuit culture.
2016  ·  1h25m  ·  Canada
English, Inuktitut
English subs
About the Film
Photo: © Qajaaq Ellsworth Seal meat is a staple food for Inuit, and many of the pelts are sold to offset the extraordinary cost of hunting. Inuit are spread across extensive lands and waters, and their tiny population is faced with a disproportionate responsibility for protecting the environment. They are pushing for a sustainable way to take part in the global economy, but in opposition stands an army of well-funded activists and well-meaning celebrities. Arnaquq-Baril and her cameras travel through the Canadian Arctic, giving voice to the people the animal activists rarely bother to meet: the hunters, the craftspeople, the families for whom the seal hunt is a critical part of their livelihood and survival. She follows a group of students to Europe, where they plead the Inuit case before a European Union panel. The film interweaves the reality of Inuit life with the story of their challenge to both the anti-sealing industry and those nations that mine resources on Inuit lands while simultaneously destroying the main sustainable economy available to the people who live there. As one student said, “We need to stop the cultural prejudice that is imposed on us by not being allowed to benefit from our natural surroundings without having to drill into the ground. And that’s really all we want as a people.”
Upcoming Screenings

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Festivals and Awards
Hot Docs, Official Selection
Hot Docs, Audience Award
St. John's International Women's Film Festival, Official Selection
Sophie Farkas Bolla
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and Bonnie Thompson
Qajaaq Ellsworth
Jonathan Wright
Executive Producers
Bob Moore, Daniel Cross and David Christensen
Aaju Peter, Lasaloosie Ishulutak and Joannie Ikkidluak
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