Based on an inspiring true story, The Grizzlies is a powerful film about the determination and resilience of a group of Inuit youth struggling with the legacy of colonization.
When Russ Sheppard (Schnetzer) moves to Kugluktuk, NU, to be a teacher, he is shocked by the challenges facing the community, most especially the ongoing epidemic of teen suicide. Russ introduces a lacrosse programme and gradually wins the trust of his students. Together, the youth find a sense of pride and purpose in themselves and their community.
The Grizzlies was called “transcendently moving” by The Hollywood Reporter and has won multiple awards and been screened to acclaim at film festivals around the world. Cast members Paul Nutarariaq and Anna Lambe earned Canadian Screen Award nominations for their performances.
Miranda de Pencier
Moira Walley-Beckett, Graham Yost
Stacey Aglok MacDonald, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Zanne Devine, Damon D'Oliveira, Miranda de Pencier
Ricky Martin-Pahtaykan, Ben Schnetzer, Anna Lambe, Emerald MacDonald, Paul Nutarariaq