Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Doc Film-"Angry Inuk"-Sealing is Important to Inuit
The doc film, Angry Inuk, 85 minutes. Rating: NNNN is currently being shown in Toronto, Canada.
May 2, 7 pm, TIFF 2
May 4, 1 pm Isabel Bader;
May 7, 6:45 pm TIFF 1
Sealing is very important to Inuit for food, clothing & trade.
I look forward to seeing this film after it has been viewed at major film festivals in Europe and USA.
Angry Inuk director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril hopes to change minds on seal ban
'Something had to be said ... about how unfairly we've been treated by anti-sealers'
Posted: May 04, 2016 5:51 AM CT
Last Updated: May 04, 2016 8:54 AM CT
An Iqaluit filmmaker's documentary that looks at Inuit and the sealing industry is being screened at the HotDocs film festival this week in Toronto.
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril spent eight years on her film Angry Inuk, inspired in part by Aaju Peter's work to bring the voice of Inuit to the debate over seal product bans in Europe.
Who is the angry Inuk?
Also, in the past, qallunaat [white] filmmakers for a very long time now, a hundred years, have portrayed Inuit as very happy little simple people, sometimes in a condescending way. So the title is kind of poking fun at that stereotype of us and I think part of that stereotype exists because of the way we express anger. I called it Angry Inuk for that reason, because the anti-sealers have been so wrong and treated us so wrongly and I want the world to understand that just because Inuit aren't screaming and yelling and fighting back and throwing bombs and protesting in the streets, it doesn't mean that we're not upset about how we've been treated.
What is the message that you hope comes out of your documentary?
I want the world to know that sealing is extremely important to us as a people for food and for sealskins; that there are thousands of Inuit in Canada and Greenland that sell sealskins and are part of the commercial sealskin market, because the world tends to think of us a people who just hunt for food, and of course many, many Inuit only hunt for food, but there are also thousands of Inuit who sell sealskins.
I didn't realize before I started this film how many Inuit there are who sell sealskins. There's lots! Lots! So we're commercial sealers, too. Just because we hunt seals one or two at a time doesn't mean that the cash from those sealskins isn't important. Many of us who get seal meat for free from hunters who share it so generously, many of us don't realize that those same hunters are selling the sealskins from that seal so they can buy more gas and bullets to go hunting.
When will you be showing Angry Inuk to the general public?
It's really important to me to show it at home, I can't wait to do that but I want to ask my fellow Inuit to be patient, because I'm hoping this film will change the minds of millions of people across the world and in order to do that they have to see it in Europe and the United States and the south of Canada. The major film festivals, they prefer to only show films that haven't been seen anywhere else before. They want to be the first place it's been seen in Canada, and the first place it's been seen in Europe. They like to have those big premieres. And in order to reach as many people as I can and change as many minds as I can, I want to get to the big major festivals.
I hope people will be patient. It will be probably be fall or winter before I can show it at home.
by Susan G. Cole
Posted: 29 April 2016 5:12 PM
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is an Inuit furious at animal lovers opposed to the seal trade.
This doc makes it easy to understand why. The director takes her crew to her home village of Kimmirut, where hunting seals has been essential for survival. The Inuit eat the meat, often communally, wear the fur that’s essential for their protection and are economically dependent on the commercial seal trade.