85 minutes – Documentary
Festival release date: May 2, 2016 (Hot Docs – Toronto)
Release date: February 10, 2017 (Montréal)
Distributor: National Film Board
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk is an award-winning documentary that sheds a powerful light on anti–seal hunting campaigns and the relevance of the hunt to the lives of the Inuit. Long a vital source of food and income for the Inuit, the seal hunt has been disrupted by high profile, international campaigns fronted by celebrities and led by well-funded animal rights organizations. The ensuing bans on seal products have caused financial devastation to northern communities, creating what the filmmaker calls the Inuit Great Depression. Angry Inuk follows an emerging group of Inuit activists – armed with their own sense of humour and justice – as they insert themselves into the international discussion.