RIDM 2016: Angry Inuk

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for Cinetalk.net

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is angry. Anger made her invest eight years of her life on Angry Inuk, a startling documentary about the highly contentious subject of the seal hunting, now banned for over 30 years. The ban, despite opposing claims by activists group and corporate superstars like Sir Paul brings violent consequences for the Inuits.  But these groups obviously care more about a specie who is not endangered than the lives of 30 000 people up North.

Arnaquq-Baril takes easy steps in a straight forward fashion, easily understandable to everyone, to make clever points while building a strong case. The director patiently unveils the tragic consequences on her people, with efficient  approach  and  research, showing great formal and technical qualities.

As angry as one can get, and she comes up with disturbing facts, this stubborn woman does all this with stupendous respect and honesty. Nothing of the sort can be said of her opponent. She tries to get into a dialogue with these groups. They simply avoid her for years with the most despicable and selfish attitude toward the slow death of her community. Doing her homework, the director demonstrates that the ban, initiated because of animal protection groups pressure, also destroys cycles of life. Who are the murderers now?

Angry Inuk is a major and significant work that should be seen and debated worldwide.

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