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Angry Inuk

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Every year, DCA takes part in Dundee Women’s Festival, a month-long focus on issues, arts, and celebration all across the city. Alongside a range of activities hosted by our Learning Team, we have a special screening of Angry Inuk, the first film to be directed by an Indigenous Canadian female filmmaker. The film will be introduced by filmmaker and researcher Shona Main.

For the Inuit, the seal hunt plays an essential role in cultural, social and economic life, providing a necessary supply of meat for food and skins for both clothing and income. Yet through Western eyes, the killing of seals is seen as deplorable, with an EU ban on the sale of sealskin still in operation. In this special Dundee Women’s Festival screening, Inuk feminist, activist and director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and her fellow Inuit campaigners employ gutsy humour and a new connectedness with the wider world to mount a roaring challenge to anti-sealing protests, arguing that these expressions of an enduring and hypocritical colonialism are destroying an arguably sustainable way of life.