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The Unusual Subjects
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Angry Inuk

Directed by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
Canada, 2016
  • English
  • English
The Unusual Subjects


Seal hunting, a critical part of Inuit life, has been controversial for a long time. Now, a new generation of Inuit, armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, are challenging the anti-sealing groups and bringing their own voices into the conversation.

Our take

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril takes her crew back to her home village of Kimmirut, Nunavut to rally a rebuttal to the misguided and oppressive worldwide anti-sealing movement in this refreshing piece of activism-as-cinema. Angry Inuk offers an imperative perspective of the Canadian First Nations experience.

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Awards & Festivals

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

2017 | Winner: Social Justice Award


2018 | Winner: DocsBarcelona Award of the Month

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

2016 | 2 wins including: Top 20 Audience Favorites (Audience Award)

What are people saying?

  • Daniel Lubitsky's rating of the film Angry Inuk

    A very good and eyeopening look on an anti anti hunting agency. Its very cool to see the use of form in this documentary. All documentaries are usually as close to realism as possible but this top and the way its executed are very well done. It simply shows you whats happening and how these people are being effected from a completely different POV. A very Real and important film that brings representation to the Inuk

  • philliptelgen's rating of the film Angry Inuk

    Angry Inuk is an eye-opening docu-style film that almost leans towards an activism propaganda piece rooting for the Inuit tribe and their hunting of seals. The genre is interesting, as it takes all of the aspects of a documentary style film, and utilizes these in order to create an informative and persuasive piece on the history of seal hunting/the misconceptions modern people have on it, and why it should continue.

  • Michael Rozek's rating of the film Angry Inuk

    A very well-done, calm, fair, deeply righteous film appealing to common sense about a controversial issue, in a time when widespread fascistic hysteria and devastatingly pernicious propaganda in the name of social and political causes have become scourges upon humanity without any redress in sight for the injustices such dishonesty perpetuates; a template for understanding the forces really shaping the modern world.

  • alohamichaeldaly's rating of the film Angry Inuk

    I’m glad I saw this important documentary. I don’t think I saw a plant growing in that ice environment - it’s not like they can grow crops for food - full utilization hunting means taking the opportunity to make an asset of the skins after the food and other products have been used. Otherwise the skins are trashed. The more I learn about Ellen Degeneres the more I’m repulsed by her, and Hollywood.

  • talkingstove's rating of the film Angry Inuk

    There’s little reason for a doc to exist if it doesn’t challenge prevailing viewpoints. (Although you’re likely to take home a pile of awards if you help the US state Dept. make their case for the country they want to bomb that week.) The characterization of this film as “militant” by a reviewer- when it’s simply people depicting their millennia-old way of life- is an eloquent argument for why films like this matter

  • Greenhousetreehouse's rating of the film Angry Inuk

    Extremely important to watch for any animal activist. It seems like the EU ultimately wants native people to join modern society. The only other solution I see is to become like the Amish and for the Inuit to become totally independent without the need for government currency.

  • VincentVendetta's rating of the film Angry Inuk

    I mean, it's not a good film - and it proves more than anything how social media activism just flat out does not work, but... because it refuses to carry on the misrerabilist clichés we've given them, it's enough of a reason to see it. I guess I fell into the trap of militant cinema after all.

  • Damien Maclean's rating of the film Angry Inuk

    Charities are a business, the IFAW is certainly not exempt from that statement. For me this documentary sheds light on how the IFAW uses anti-seal hunting campaigning as way to generate charitable revenue at the price of being very threatening to Inuit lifestyle and their fragile economy.

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