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  • Director

    Miranda de Pencier

  • Starring

    Ben Schnetzer, Will Sasso, Paul Nutarariaq, Ricky Marty-Pahtaykan

  • Run Time

    105 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


  • Language

    English, Inuktitut

  • Director of Photography: Jim Denault

  • Editor: Ronald Sanders, James Vandewater

  • Produced by: Stacey Aglok MacDonald, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Zanne Devine, Damon D’Oliveira, Miranda de Pencier

  • Music: Garth Stevenson

  • Screenplay by: Graham Yost, Moira Walley-Beckett

  • Production Designer: Zazu Myers


The Grizzlies

Part of the World Perspectives Strand


Based on a true story, this inspiring film focuses on first-time teacher Russ Sheppard’s (Ben Schnetzer) move to Kugluktuk, a small town in the frozen north with one of the highest suicide rates in North America. Russ’s class show little interest in learning, so he decides to set up a lacrosse programme at the school. He recruits a team of very reluctant teens, who form the Grizzlies lacrosse team. Producers include Stacey Aglok MacDonald, originally from Kugluktuk, and acclaimed filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (Angry Inuk, 2016). [15]

The Grizzlies is nominated for the 2019 Award for Best International Feature Film.

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