Elevation Pictures uplifting film THE GRIZZLIES has finally opened in select theaters across the US.
I had an opportunity to screen the film months ago before the coronavirus put everything on hold.
It’s based on a true story of the youth of Kugluktuk, Nunavut- who had nothing to look forward to after high school, but helping their family survive.
These kids had no hope and no outlet. They were dealing with a lot of grief (they had a suicide epidemic) and hardships due to social problems.
But their lives began to change once a teacher named Russ from the south comes to town. He knew that these kids needed to get an education, and they needed to get involved in something productive.
“These kids they need an outlet, they need to get involved in something besides this night culture.”
Russ at first was faced with opposition from the kids and their parents, but soon things begin to change.
He introduces them to the sport of Lacrosse, which transform their lives, and brings a community together that once was divided by trauma.
This is one of those films that our country needs right now! A film that shows us once we get past the cultural barriers, we are all the same. A collective of people, wanting better for ourselves and our communities that we love.
For a list of theaters click HERE