Indigenous Cinema

Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at 12 p.m.

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Documentary Screening: Angry Inuk

Presented in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) as part of the exhibition Indigenous Voices Today: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience and the Museum’s 100th anniversary, Angry Anuk is a documentary by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril.

The screening will be followed by question-and-answer session with director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril.

Angry Anuk

The seal hunt, an important aspect of the Inuit way of life, has long been a controversial issue. But now a new generation of Inuit with a sense of justice and a unique sense of humour are taking advantage of social media to challenge opponents of the hunt and invite themselves into the conversation about the issue. Filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow activists as they question old perceptions of Inuit and introduce themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.

Angry Inuk, Canada, 2016, 82 min., Alethea Arnaquq-Baril. In French.

Screening preceded by the short film Innu-Aimun – The Innu Language, Canada, 2009, 4 min., Carl Grégoire and Spencer St-Onge – Productions des Beaux Jours. In Innu, with French subtitles.

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is an Inuit filmmaker from the Nunavut, where her production company, Unikkaat Studios, is based. For her award-winning APTN documentary Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos, Alethea travelled across the Arctic to speak with elders about Inuit tattoo practices and the causes of their near-disappearance—before getting her own traditional face tattoos.

She also directed the hypnotic short Inuit High Kick, the award-winning NFB animation Lumaajuuq: The Blind Boy and the Loon, and the animated short Sloth. The latter was one of 15 shorts selected by renowned film programmer Danny Lennon for Telefilm’s Perspective Canada screenings at the Cannes Film Market.

She was an executive producer on Miranda de Pencier’s award-winning Throat Song and co-produced both Arctic Defenders, a feature documentary by John Walker, and, with White Pine Pictures, the feature documentary Experimental Eskimos. Most recently, Alethea directed Aviliaq: Entwined as part of the Embargo Project.


Free activityin French, presented on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at 12 p.m.
Location: J. Armand Bombardier Theatre at the McCord Museum
Limited seating, reservation required.
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Indigenous Cinema

Indigenous documentary filmmaking is in the spotlight this year at the Museum! In collaboration with the NFB, the Museum is presenting a series of three film screenings accompanied by question-and-answer sessions with members of the filmmaking teams.

The voices of Indigenous people and their perspectives on history and current issues are central to the film selection.
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