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The Grizzlies (2018)

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In a small Arctic town struggling with the highest suicide rate in North America, a group of Inuit students' lives are transformed when they are introduced to the sport of lacrosse.

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Miranda de Pencier
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Credited cast:
Jack Anawak Jack Anawak ... Plane Passenger
Fred Bailey Fred Bailey ... Roger
Seth Burke Seth Burke ... Johnny
Mary Buscemi Mary Buscemi ... Lenore Aviak
Tantoo Cardinal ... Janace
Mayala Chapman Mayala Chapman ... Female Townsperson #2
Christopher Church Christopher Church ... Special BG / Lacrosse
Colton Clause ... (voice)
Spencer Dewar Spencer Dewar ... RCMP Officer #2
Brad Fraser Brad Fraser ... Tanner
Ippiksaut Friesen Ippiksaut Friesen ... Town Council Member
Colton Hart Colton Hart ... Special BG / Lacrosse
Looee Ishulutaq Looee Ishulutaq ... Female Townsperson
Innosar Issakiark Innosar Issakiark ... Special BG / Lacrosse
Mary Itorcheak Mary Itorcheak ... Schoolgirl (with baby)
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THE GRIZZLIES is an inspiring true story based on a group of Inuit students in the small Arctic town of Kugluktuk. Suffering from widespread drug use, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and one of the highest teen suicide rates in the world, this northern community is periled by the legacy of colonialism. The students are naturally skeptical when Russ Sheppard, yet another ignorant and unprepared white rookie teacher, arrives from the South on a one-year teaching contract. With much to learn, but deeply shaken by the death of one of his students, Russ introduces his class to the sport of lacrosse in an effort to help lift the dangerous fog of trauma existing in his students. While initially resistant, the students gradually come together to embrace the sport, form Team Grizzlies, and find inspiration to make shifts in their own lives. Together with Russ, the team gains the support of a deeply divided town and eventually negotiates its way to the National Lacrosse Championships in ...

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What Lies Behind Us is Tiny Compared to What Lies Within Us

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for language, and some drug/alcohol use involving teens | See all certifications »
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Jack Anawak, the man on the plane who tells that he's been in Arctic for 6,000 years, formerly served as Member of Parliament for Nunavut, and was a special advisor to the Prime Minister. See more »

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Worth Watching and a True Story!
4 May 2019 | by peeedeee-94281See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to view a free screening of this film. Unfortunately, the director and cast were not in attendance, although I did hear that some other screenings (including paid ones) had them show up at the end to talk about this film. The subject matter is pretty dark, but not overwhelming. Young people, mostly males, committing suicide. You get attached to certain characters, next thing you know, they've killed themselves, and for reasons that to us would seem almost trivial. We see how Russ Sheppard, who initially was only there until he could find a better teaching position elsewhere, was moved to try to bring some hope to the young folks, which was something lacking in the town. The ending is satisfying, not quite the disney hollywood ending, but totally Canadian. Speaking of Canadian, I'm usually not a fan of Canadian movies, and I believe in supporting home talent. The problem is I find they tend not to 'feel' right, I have a certain cinematic sense I'm looking for, and sadly, many Canadian films lack it for one reason or another. However, this particular film does a very good job of being both Canadian, and also international cinematically speaking, if that makes sense. It doesn't feel like, say, a CBC TV movie production, but one that deserves to be seen on the big screen. And it should be seen. There are some clips on youtube regarding the real life Grizzlies if you want to see more about them. You can view interviews with the real Russ Sheppard and maybe one or two of the real life characters that were used in the Grizzlies film. Check this one out!


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Inuktitut | English

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5 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada See more »

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