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Gimme Some Truth: Bell Media Best of Hot Docs: Angry Inuk

Sat, Nov 5 / 4 pm
Directed by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
2016, Canada, 85 min
Inuktitut & English Subtitles

Introduction and Q&A with NFB Producer Alicia Smith and film subject Cecile Lyall.

Anti–seal hunting campaigns have attracted high profile supporters, and with them, hefty financial contributions. From Pamela Anderson to Paul McCartney, celebrities have voiced their outrage about an issue they seem keenly unqualified to discuss. Meanwhile, seal hunters are unjustly targeted for traditional practices that have supported them for centuries. With a way of life on the cusp of extinction, who’s really at fault? How does a culture that exercises understated anger and finds peaceful ways to resolve conflict compete with animal activist groups that rely on anti-sealing sentiment they aggressively cultivate to underwrite their other causes? Alethea Arnaquq-Baril uses her filmmaking skills to organize and embolden a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit to stand up for their rights. Establishing #sealfie on Instagram and skillfully employing social media, they lobby legislators and expose misinformation while staying true to their values in their fight for survival. -Alexander Rogalski, Hot Docs

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This River / Dir. Katherena Vermette and Erika MacPherson, 2016, Canada, 19 mins / This river offers an Indigenous perspective on the devastating experience of searching for a loved one who has disappeared.

Presented in partnership with the Bell Media Best of Hot Docs

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Reviews

Four stars. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is an Inuit furious at animal lovers opposed to the seal trade. This documentary makes it easy to understand why. Angry Inuk delivers important information about an issue we tend to think we know everything about and delivers a powerful emotional punch. -Now Magazine
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