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Movie based in Nunavut touring province

A scene from The Grizzlies - Photo by Blake Hannahson, courtesy of Mongrel Media
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True story about Inuit lacrosse players well received


A film about Inuit youth playing lacrosse in a small northern community is being shown in multiple Newfoundland and Labrador communities this week.

The Grizzlies, a true story based in Kugluktuk, is touring 33 remote Inuit and First Nations communities before the movie is released in theatres nationwide in April.

Director Miranda de Pencier won a Directors Guild of Canada Award for outstanding directorial achievement for the film in October 2018 and screenwriters Graham Yost and Moira Walley-Beckett are currently finalists for a Writers Guild of Canada award for feature film.

 “The Grizzlies is not just an amazing story about how a sports team started in the Arctic, it’s also a story of a community in transition,” said Stacey Aglok MacDonald, a producer on the movie, in a release. “The incredible journey of these youth will empower and inspire people around the world – just as they continue to inspire my own community of Kugluktuk.”

Over a third of the cast is Inuit and each screening will have a local mental health worker on hand. Most of the screenings will be documented themselves, to be used in an educational package for high school and university audiences later this year.

The package will include video clips from the northern tour, as well as footage from workshops that were held with Inuit actors and youth during the film's development.

Actress Emerald MacDonald, who is featured in the film and Inuit rapper/ hip hop artist Hyper-T will be attending some of the Labrador dates.

The trailer for the film can be seen here.


March 25 – Gander, College of the North Atlantic campus, 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

March 26 – Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Arcturus Theatre, 7 p.m.

March 27 – Natuashish, Mushuau Innu School gym, 7 p.m.

March 28 – Nain, Jens Haven Memorial School gym, 7 p.m.

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