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
“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, Bonnie Thompson
Angry Inuk was filmed and set in Nunavut. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is from Nunavut.