Friday, October 11
© Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
Seal-hunting is more than just a tradition; it is in fact a vital part of the fragile Inuit economy and a practice that extends way beyond the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The European Union’s ban on goods made from seal calfskin in 1983 following pressure from anti-hunting groups, of course, had major economic and human consequences.
Whilst there has been no let-up in the hard-hitting campaigns against this type of hunting, which have been vigorously supported by animal rights groups, Angry Inuk offers a delicate, humorous and profound insight into all aspects of the fight that Inuit militants are now facing – a fight that is notably being fought on social networks using the #sealfie hashtag in an attempt to put an end to misinformation and ensure that Inuit rights, culture and livelihoods are also protected.
This film sees filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril join forces with her militant fellow countrywomen as they challenge the perceptions of the international community and attempt to portray their community as a modern people in desperate need of a sustainable economy.
Before and after the film…
An opportunity to meet Pascale Visart de Bocarmé, a doctoral student in anthropology, who will be talking to us about the role of art in Inuit culture and introducing us to the work of Alethea Arnaquq-Baril.