Notre collection

Angry Inuk

Haut de la page

In her film Angry Inuk, Inuk director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting. Though most commercial sealing is conducted by Inuit in the Arctic, anti-sealing activism has created a perception of the industry that denies their central role in the sealskin market. To reinsert themselves into the international discussion, these Inuit activists must inconvenience the fundraising campaigns of animal groups by using all the tricks in the social media book, and invent some of their own along the way, like “sealfies.”

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.” 

2016, 82 min 11 s

Haut de la page
Haut de la page

DocsBarcelona of the Month Audience Award
DocsBarcelona of the Month
27 mai 2018, Barcelone - Espagne

Audience Choice Award for 2017
Cinema Politica
24 mai 2018, Montréal - Canada

Best Documentary
Indianer Inuit Film Festival
Du 18 au 21 janvier 2018, Stuttgart - Allemagne

Best Film for Human Rights and Freedom
International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan
Du 6 au 10 novembre 2017, Bishkek - Kyrgyzstan

Prix du public
Festival du film canadien
Du 20 au 26 septembre 2017, Dieppe - France

Prix du jury étudiant
Festival du film canadien
Du 20 au 26 septembre 2017, Dieppe - France

Coup de coeur du jury
Festival du film canadien
Du 20 au 26 septembre 2017, Dieppe - France

Prix APTN
Présence Autochtone (Terres en Vues)
Du 2 au 9 août 2017, Montréal - Canada

PUCCA Audience's Choice
Eco Film Festival
Du 18 au 24 mai 2017, Seoul - Corée

Audience Choice Award for Best Canadian Documentary
Available Light Film Festival
Du 4 au 12 février 2017, Whitehorse - Canada

Social Justice Award for Documentary Film
Festival international du film
Du 1 au 11 février 2017, Santa Barbara - États-Unis

People's Choice Award
Top 10 Canadien
Du 13 au 22 janvier 2017, Toronto - Canada

Prix des détenues
Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal
Du 10 au 20 novembre 2016, Montréal - Canada

Prix Magnus-Isacsson
Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal
Du 10 au 20 novembre 2016, Montréal - Canada

People's Choice Award
Zonta Film Festival
Du 8 au 10 novembre 2016, Kitchener - Canada

Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award
Imagine Native Film + Media Arts Festival
Du 19 au 23 octobre 2016, Toronto - Canada

Prix du public
Imagine Native Film + Media Arts Festival
Du 19 au 23 octobre 2016, Toronto - Canada

Best Feature - Canadian Award
Annual Dreamspeakers / International Aboriginal Cultural, Artistic and Film Festival
Du 23 au 26 septembre 2016, Edmonton - Canada

Canadian Documentary Promotion Award- $25,000 cash prize to support the marketing and promotion of the film to new Canadian and international audiences
Hot Docs
Du 28 avril au 8 mai 2016, Toronto - Canada

Vimeo On Demand Audience Award
Hot Docs
Du 28 avril au 8 mai 2016, Toronto - Canada

Haut de la page