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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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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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Canada

Language:

Inuktitut | English

Release Date:

5 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Grizzlies See more »

Filming Locations:

Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada See more »

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Really well done
12 April 2019 | by sandi-pearceSee all my reviews

Definitely an important movie for Canadians to see. Really helps put the Indigenous youth crisis in perspective. I cried, but laughed even more. The young actors were absolutely authentic and did such a great job. Hats off to the makers of this film for making something so real and important.


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