• The Grizzlies

    Directed by Miranda de Pencier
    Canada | 104 minutes | U.S. Premiere | World Cinema Now

  • The Grizzlies

    Directed by Miranda de Pencier
    Canada | 104 minutes | U.S. Premiere | World Cinema Now


TIME CHANGE: the screening on January 6 will begin at 7pm.  It was originally scheduled and may appear in some print materials at 6pm.

The young people of a remote Arctic town with one of the highest teen suicide rates in the world rediscover their confidence, identity and community through the age-old sport of lacrosse.


January 14, 2019 1:00 PM Camelot Theatres (PS Cultural Center) Tickets not available
Tickets not available

film synopsis

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.

film details

Country: Canada
Year: 2018
Running Time: 104 minutes
Premiere Status: U.S. Premiere
Language: in English and Inuktitut with English subtitles
Director: Miranda de Pencier
Producers: Stacey Aglok MacDonald, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Miranda de Pencier, Damon D'Oliveira, Zanne Devine; Executive Producers: Jake Steinfeld and Frank Marshall
Principal Cast: Emerald MacDonald, Ben Schnetzer, Paul Nutarariaq, Ricky Marty-Pahtaykan, Booboo Stewart, Tantoo Cardinal
Primary Company: Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
Cinematographers: Jim Denault
Editor: Ronald Sanders, James Vandewater
Music: Garth Stevenson
Screenwriter: Graham Yost, Moira Walley-Beckett

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Director Miranda de Pencier

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