PDAC Reel Event international movie series to feature “The Grizzlies”

“The Grizzlies” is next screening at the Prairie City Cinema for the Portage & District Arts Centre’s (PDAC) Reel Event season.

Written by Moira Walley-Beckett and Graham Yost, The Grizzlies is directed by Miranda de Pencier and stars Jack Anawak, Fred Bailey and Seth Burke. “The Grizzlies” is a Canadian film based on a true story about the determination and resilience of a group of Inuit youth in a small Arctic community.

From IMDb: “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 Toronto. Despite their ultimate defeat, The Grizzlies discover that success doesn’t lie in the outcome of a lacrosse game; but instead, in the spirit of community.

“The Grizzlies” is the fourth screening of six independent films chosen from the Toronto International Film Festival, Film Circuit Schedule. PDAC is one of only five official Film Circuit Centres in Manitoba.

“The Reel Event is an opportunity for an evening out that does not involve the usual Hollywood blockbuster movies. It gives you a chance to see well-known and some not so well-known actors performing in roles in well-crafted films simply for the love of acting. We hope you will come out and enjoy our offerings,” says Wally Kimpton, Reel Event committee member.

“The Grizzlies” will screen in the Prairie City Cinema on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are available at the door for $10 the night of the screening.

See the YouTube trailer here:



Individual tickets will be available at the door on the night of screening for $10.

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