Angry Inuk

Director: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril Year: 2016 Run Time: 85min
Angry Inuk (2016)

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

Staff Pick:

“Prepare for a tidal wave of feelings after watching this film. Alethea's voice is a strong force in Canadian film.” —Rebecca


Alethea Arnaquq-Baril


Alethea Arnaquq-Baril


Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Bonnie Thompson




English, Inuktitut




Angry Inuk was filmed and set in Nunavut. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is from Nunavut.

Ratings by Province:

NR Alberta
PG British Columbia
NR Manitoba
NR New Brunswick
NR Newfoundland and Labrador
NR Nova Scotia
NR Northwest Territories
NR Nunavut
PG Ontario
NR Prince Edward Island
NR Québec
NR Saskatchewan
NR Yukon