The Grizzlies


The Main 1 Sat, Apr 13, 2019 7:00 PM
The Main 5 Thu, Apr 25, 2019 7:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Festival Programs:Special Presentations
Women & Film
Tags:True Story
Culture & Society
Human Rights
Indigenous Peoples
Social Justice
Women Directors
Release Year:2018
Runtime:104 min
Print Source:CAA
Director:Miranda de Pencier
Executive Producer:Jake Steinfeld
Frank Marshall
Miranda de Pencier
Producer:Stacey Aglok MacDonald
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
Zanne Devine
Damon D’Oliveira
Miranda de Pencier
Cinematographer:Jim Denault
Screenwriter:Graham Yost
Moira Walley-Becket
Editor:Ronald Sanders
James Vandewater
Composer:Garth Stevenson
Principal Cast:Emerald MacDonald
Ben Schnetzer
Paul Nutarariaq
Ricky Marty-Pahtaykan
Booboo Stewart
Tantoo Cardinal


Director Miranda de Pencier and Executive Producer Jake Steinfeld Attending!

When first-time teacher Russ Shepherd comes to Kugluktuk, he brings preconceived notions about northern life and more than a little hubris about his self-imposed mission to bring about change. In this small Arctic town struggling with the highest suicide rate in North America, he hastily assembles an after-school Lacrosse team, which soon becomes the lightning rod for the community's differing views on its future. An interconnected chain of dramatic incidents, and some quieter cross-cultural corrections, lead Russ to understand that education is a two-way street.

Drawn from a true story, The Grizzlies is seeded with unassailable authenticity because of its dramatic location, and driven by remarkable performances from the young Nunavut cast. The Grizzlies is much more than the usual triumph through sports story, and one of the most inspiring and unexpectedly affirming films of the year.

Director Biography

Naziha Arebi

Miranda de Pencier is an award-winning film and television producer and director. Select producing credits include Mike Mills' Beginners (10) and Stuart Blumberg's Thanks for Sharing (12). The Grizzlies is her feature film directing debut.