This feature documentary is a thoughtful contribution to the debate on Canada's seal hunt. An exploration of the unique culture of Newfoundland's outports, the film revisits the PR coup that launched the animal rights movement onto the international stage: the 1977 Newfoundland visit, orchestrated by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, of French actress turned animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot to protest the area's ancestral sealing activities. Soon, inhabitants of the island's northern outports we're being introduced to the world as the epitome of brutality.
Ages 14 to 17
Geography - Human Geography
Science - Environmental Science
Social Studies - Contemporary Issues
Prior to viewing the film, introduce the controversial topic of the seal hunt and conduct a class discussion. Research the tradition of sealing in the northern outports of Newfoundland. Is the slaughter of seals justified? Do you support the image of the hunters as cruel and brutal? Do you agree or disagree with the ideas expressed by Brian Davies? Supply reasons.