Nan And A Whole Lot Of Trouble

Dena Curtis | Australia | 2015 | 11 MIN | SHORT Drama

Friday 21 October 2016 | 11:59 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
International Premiere
Screening as part of The Witching Hour

In this highly anticipated film, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril sheds a powerful and hard light on anti–seal hunting campaigns and the relevance of the hunt to the lives of the Inuit. Long a vital source of food and income for the Inuit, the seal hunt has been disrupted by high profile, international campaigns fronted by celebrities and led by well-funded animal rights organizations. The ensuing bans on seal products – particularly from Europe – have caused financial devastation to northern communities, creating what the filmmaker calls the Inuit Great Depression.

The tides, however, are beginning to turn as an emerging group of Inuit activists – armed with their own sense of humour and justice – insert themselves into the international discussion. Utilizing social media, these thoughtful, grassroots warriors push back against corporate profiteering and political might to ensure their place in the global economy while also protecting the fragility and stewardship of the Arctic. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril has created a landmark work that challenges, informs and – like all great documentaries – convinces us that the world must change.


Dena Curtis is an award-winning filmmaker, editor, series producer and commissioning editor who directed the first Indigenous narrative comedy series in Australia, 8MMM Aboriginal Radio.