While Greenpeace and celebrities from Paul McCartney to Pamela Anderson, loudly condemn Inuit seal hunting as a barbaric, award-winning filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril has had enough. In her stunning expose documentary Angry Inuk, she confronts spotlight-wielding outrage with the actual voices of Inuit people, attempting to battle fame-factory furore with facts. Attacked for the traditional practices that have supported their communities for centuries, controversy intensifies as NGOs draw little distinction between Inuit’s subsistence-driven hunting and the industry’s profit-driven practices. Clever and ever-resilient, the conflict-adverse culture must now use modern weapons to fight for their survival. Launching #sealfie on Instagram, activists lobby legislators all the way to Europe to fight the EU Ban on Seal Products. Strikingly shot in the filmmaker’s hometown of Iqaluit, and rarely glimpsed Kimmirut and Panghirtung, Angry Inuk reveals how a far more vulnerable community than seals is facing extinction – the Inuit themselves.
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Following the film we will be hosting Changing Tides – Climate Change and our Water
, a panel discussion on the effects of climate change on the world with a focus on Northern communities as part of our Illuminating Ideas
Luminato’s 2019 film series is curated in partnership with Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. This film has been programmed by Myrocia Watamaniuk, Senior International Programmer, Hot Docs Festival.