Director: Alethea Arnaquq-BarilWriter(s): Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
We all know about the terrible “brutality” of the arctic seal hunt — or do we? Turns out there are other sides to this story: It’s the story of families that need to be fed, the story of a hunting practice that began centuries ago, and the story of a tradition that is central to the economy and food security of Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic. Angry Inuk contains a story that’s over 4,000 years old.
The seal hunt is not exactly a laughing matter, but humour and technical savvy go a long way to debunk certain claims. Wryly tackling both misinformation and aggressive appeals to emotion, Inuk filmmaker Arnaquq-Baril equips herself and her community with the powers of social media — and yes, #sealfies — to reframe a controversial topic as a cultural issue in this 2016 Audience Award-winning Hot Docs hit.
“Angry Inuk delivers important information about an issue we tend to think we know everything about, and delivers a powerful emotional punch.” – Susan G. Cole, NOW magazine
Arnaquq-Baril is an award-winning Inuk filmmaker whose work has screened on CBC and APTN, and at festivals like Hot Docs and imagineNATIVE. Notable credits include Aviliaq, Inuit High Kick, and Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos.
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