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Angry Inuk (2016)Angry Inuk (2016)

Angry Inuk (2016)

How animal rights groups harm Inuit communities

Documentary

best
THE VERY BEST

8.8

movie

Canada

English, Inuktitut

Discussion-sparking, Instructive, Mind-blowing

2016

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Female director

Aaju Peter, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

85 min

Synopsis

With "sealfies" and social media, a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit is wading into the world of activism, using humour and reason to confront aggressive animal rights vitriol and defend their traditional hunting practices. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.

Our Take

8.8
Bilal Zouheir

Like all great documentaries, Angry Inuk is about way more than its tagline. At first glance, it’s about how anti-sealing activism has been harming Inuit communities since the 1980s, to the point of instituting the highest rates of hunger and suicide anywhere in the “developed” world. But beyond, it’s about the complicity of the government of Canada. A crushed seal-based economy means that the Inuit have to agree to oil and uranium mining in the Arctic.

Angry Inuk is also about the corrupt behavior of animal rights organizations like Greenpeace: seals are actually not on the endangered animal list but NGOs focus on them because they make them money.

It’s an infuriating but incredibly important documentary. One that is not about how Canada has a bad history, but about how Canada is harming the Inuit right now.

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