Angry Inuk

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Angry Inuk
Angry Inuk poster.jpg
Directed byAlethea Arnaquq-Baril
Written byAlethea Arnaquq-Baril
Produced byAlethea Arnaquq-Baril
CinematographyQajaaq Ellsworth
Edited bySophie Farkas Bolla
Music byFlorencia Di Concilio
Release date
  • May 2, 2016 (2016-05-02) (Hot Docs)
Running time
85 minutes

Angry Inuk is a 2016 Canadian Inuit-themed feature-length documentary film written and directed by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril that defends the Inuit seal hunt, as the hunt is a vital means for Inuit peoples to sustain themselves. Subjects in Angry Inuk include Arnaquq-Baril herself as well as Aaju Peter, an Inuit seal hunt advocate, lawyer and seal fur clothing designer who depends on the sealskins for her livelihood. Partially shot in the filmmaker's home community of Iqaluit, as well as Kimmirut and Pangnirtung, where seal hunting is essential for survival, the film follows Peter and other Inuit to Europe in an effort to have the EU Ban on Seal Products overturned. The film also criticizes NGOs such as Greenpeace and the International Fund for Animal Welfare for ignoring the needs of vulnerable northern communities who depend on hunt for their livelihoods by drawing a false distinction between subsistence-driven Inuit hunters and profit-driven commercial hunters.[1][2]


Angry Inuk was co-produced by Arnaquq-Baril and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) in association with EyeSteelFilm.[3]

Release and reception[edit]

Angry Inuk premiered May 2, 2016 at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, where the film received the Vimeo On Demand Audience Award along with the Canadian Documentary Promotion Award.[1][4] In October 2016, the film received the Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto.[5] The following month, it received both the Women Inmates' Prize and the Magnus Isacsson Award at the Montreal International Documentary Festival.[6] On December 7, 2016, Angry Inuk was named to the Toronto International Film Festival's annual Canada's Top 10 list,[7] and took home the People's Choice Award at the TIFF Canada's Top Ten Festival.[8]

While Arnaquq-Baril has stated that the anti-sealing movement has forced Inuit to turn to the mining and the natural gas industry to support themselves, with dire consequences for the Arctic environment, supporters of the EU ban on seal products have countered that such a ban does not block Inuit from seal hunting to sustain themselves and supply market demand.[9] However, the film argues that even with the exemption for Inuit, the ban drives down demand and prices so greatly that hunters can no longer financially support themselves or their communities.

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  1. ^ a b Mullen, Patrick (11 May 2016). "Review: 'Angry Inuk'". Point of View. Documentary Organization of Canada. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  2. ^ Cole, Susan G. (29 April 2016). "Angry Inuk". Now Magazine. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  3. ^ Winton, Ezra (17 December 2015). "CURATING THE NORTH: DOCUMENTARY SCREENING ETHICS AND INUIT REPRESENTATION IN (FESTIVAL) CINEMA (Interview)". Art Threat. Archived from the original on 17 October 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  4. ^ "'Angry Inuk' wins audience award and $25K prize at Hot Docs festival". CBC News. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Inuit, Arctic films big winners at 2016 imagineNATIVE festival". CBC News. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  6. ^ Mullen, Pat (2016-11-20). "RIDM Announces Award Winners". Point of View Magazine. Documentary Organization of Canada. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  7. ^ "'Telling stories that show Canadians who we are:' TIFF unveils top 10 Canadian films of 2016". CBC News. Retrieved 2016-12-08.
  8. ^ "'Angry Inuk' documentary crowned audience favourite at TIFF's Canada's Top Ten Film Festival | Toronto Star". Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  9. ^ Tremonti, Anna Maria (4 May 2016). "'Angry Inuk' argues anti-seal hunt campaign hurts Canadian Inuit life". The Current. CBC Radio. Retrieved 9 September 2016.

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