Friday, December 27th – 7:30 pm
KIAC/Dënäkär Zho Ballroom
Admission by Donation
Based on a true story, The Grizzlies is more than the usual triumph through sports story, for it doesn’t shy away from moving depictions of the poverty and isolation characteristic of too many northern communities. When first-time teacher Russ Shepherd comes to Kugluktuk, he brings preconceived notions about northern life and no little hubris about his self imposed mission to bring about change. An interconnected chain of dramatic incidents, however (and some quieter cross-cultural corrections) lead Russ to understand that education is a two-way street. Initially, the hastily built lacrosse team seems mild after-school fun, but soon becomes the lightening rod for the community’s differing views on its future. Driven by remarkable performances by the young Nunavut-based cast, and seeded with unassailable authenticity because of it’s dramatic location, The Grizzlies proves to be one of the most unexpectedly affirming films of the year.
Directed by Miranda de Pencier
Original Languages: English, Inuktitut
Genre: Drama, Biography, Sports
Running Time: 104 min.
Viewer discretion is advised. The film is inspiring and uplifting but be advised that it contains scenes that portray suicide and physical violence.