Date: TBD

Canada

Directed by Miranda de Pencier

In English, and in Inuktitut with English subtitles

Biography, Drama

102 minutes

Rated PG: violence; coarse language

Inuit youth in a small community gain a powerful sense of pride and purpose through the sport of lacrosse, in this true-story account of tenacity, renewal, and inspiring resilience.

In 1998, first-time teacher Russ Sheppard (Ben Schnetzer) moves north for a job at a local school in Kugluktuk, a town struggling with one of the highest suicide rates in North America. With no previous experience or knowledge of life in the north, Russ is shocked and overwhelmed by the numerous social issues facing the youth, all as a result of the massive legacy of colonization on their families and communities. Russ introduces a lacrosse program in the school. Although the program is at first met with scepticism and resistance, Russ's commitment begins to win the trust of the students and together they form the Grizzlies lacrosse team. Through the sport, the youth find a vital outlet for their emotions and the team creates a sense of pride and purpose in themselves and their community.

Quotes:

“ELEVATED BY SCHNETZER’S IMPRESSIVELY CHARISMATIC TURN AS THE MOVIE’S CENTRAL CHARACTER”

David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews

“ABOUT A GROUP OF STUDENTS WHO CAME TOGETHER AS A FAMILY AND CHANGED THEIR COMMUNITY FOR THE BETTER.”

Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies

THE GRIZZLIES IS MORE THAN THE TYPICAL INSPIRING SPORTS DRAMA BECAUSE IT OFFERS US HOPE.”

Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies

Other:

Website: https://www.northwoodentertainment.com/?fbclid=IwAR2T_Dht4H3Z3UZeOX2uQhUeo2ce0445tp9lh0kQY8UFJT2XJ5t4v98W7JU

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb_7Er4N97M

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6365796/?ref_=ttexrv_exrv_tt

Awards:

Won Best International Film at the Fabrique du Cinema Award 2018

Won Outstanding Directorial Achievement at the Directors Guild of Canada Awards 2018

THE GRIZZLIES