The Grizzlies

Director: Miranda de Pencier Year: 2019 Run Time: 112min

Based on an inspiring true story, The Grizzlies is a powerful film about the determination and resilience of a group of Inuit youth struggling with the legacy of colonization.

When Russ Sheppard (Schnetzer) moves to Kugluktuk, NU, to be a teacher, he is shocked by the challenges facing the community, most especially the ongoing epidemic of teen suicide. Russ introduces a lacrosse programme and gradually wins the trust of his students. Together, the youth find a sense of pride and purpose in themselves and their community.

The Grizzlies was called “transcendently moving” by The Hollywood Reporter and has won multiple awards and been screened to acclaim at film festivals around the world. Cast members Paul Nutarariaq and Anna Lambe earned Canadian Screen Award nominations for their performances.

* Please note that this film has Indigenous producers, but not an Indigenous director. imagineNATIVE defines an Indigenous-made film as one directed or co-directed by an Indigenous person.


Miranda de Pencier


Graham Yost, Moira Walley-Beckett


Damon D'Oliveira, Miranda de Pencier, Zanne Devine, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (Inuk), Stacey Aglok MacDonald (Inuk)


Emerald MacDonald (Inuk), Paul Nutarariaq (Inuk), Anna Lambe (Inuk), Ben Schnetzer, Ricky Martin-Pahtaykan (Plains Cree/Stoney Nakoda)


Drama, Sports



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Ratings by Province:

PG Alberta
PG British Columbia
14A Manitoba
NR New Brunswick
NR Newfoundland and Labrador
NR Nova Scotia
PG Northwest Territories
PG Nunavut
PG Ontario
NR Prince Edward Island
G Québec
PG Saskatchewan
PG Yukon