On Wednesday, October 4 the Documentary Film Club will screen Angry Inuk (2016) in the Westmount Room at the Westmount Library from from 7 to 9 p.m.
Angry Inuk is a 2016 Canadian feature-length documentary film written and directed by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril that defends the Inuit seal hunt, arguing the hunt is a vital means for Inuit peoples to sustain themselves. Subjects in Angry Inuk include Arnaquq-Baril herself as well as Aaju Peter, an Inuit seal hunt advocate, lawyer and seal fur clothing designer who depends on the seal skins for her livelihood.
The documentary was filmed partially in the filmmaker’s home community of Iqaluit, as well as Kimmirut and Pangnirtung, where seal hunting is seen as essential for survival. The film follows Peter and other Inuit to Europe in an effort to have the EU ban on seal products overturned.
The film also criticizes NGOs such as Greenpeace and the International Fund for Animal Welfare for championing animal rights while ignoring the needs of vulnerable northern communities who depend on the hunt for their livelihoods.[CBC radio
Admission is free. Tickets are required and are available at the reception desk at the Westmount Library, 4626 Sherbrooke Street West.