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Angry Inuk (2016)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 22m
  • Canada

Price: $4.99 + taxes and fees

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s award-winning film investigates the global anti-sealing movement’s damaging impact on Inuit communities.

Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk examines, with heartbreaking effect, the impact of seal-hunting protests on Inuit communities in Canada and around the world. Part exposé, part personal documentary, and part community portrait (Arnaquq-Baril’s family lives on Qikiqtaaluk — dubbed Baffin Island by English colonists — one of the regions hardest hit in economic terms by various protests and bans), the film charts the history of the anti-sealing movement with precision and clarity. Anti-sealing tactics include using old images of whitecoat baby seals being clubbed, decades after the hunting of whitecoats was banned, while continuing to imply that the seal population, which has quadrupled since the first EU ban in the 1980s, is endangered. 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 and heartbreakingly underscores the unfunny irony of people from some of the wealthiest areas in the world lecturing the most economically challenged on how to live.


Official Selection, TIFF Canada’s Top Ten

Content advisory: traditional customs and methods of hunting are depicted