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Canada, 2018, 107 minutes
Director: Miranda de Pencier
Principal Cast: Tantoo Cardinal, Ben Schnetzer, Will Sasso, Booboo Stewart
THE GRIZZLIES is based on the inspiring true story of a group of Inuit students in a small Arctic town suffering from one of the highest teen suicide rates in the world. The classmates are initially resistant when the naive and culturally ignorant white teacher from the south introduces them to lacrosse—but gradually, as they begin to connect with each other as teammates, the students find inspiration to make profound shifts in their lives. Together as “The Grizzlies”, the players learn to lead each other, gain the support of a deeply divided town, and look to compete in the National Lacrosse Championships. The students ultimately discover that success doesn’t lie in the outcome of a lacrosse game, but instead in their awakened spirits and the awareness that even in the toughest of circumstances there is always the possibility of transformation and hope.
THE GRIZZLIES is more than an inspiring sports drama as it is set in one of the most unique places on earth, featuring fresh, young actors in starring roles. Unlike many sports/coach/inspiring teacher films, THE GRIZZLIES is not just a story about a teacher who affected his student’s lives – it is a true story about a group of Inuit students who changed their teacher and eventually their whole community for the better.