One of the most significant champions of Inuit culture, producer-director-writer Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is the founder of Unikkaat Studios, based in Iqaluit, Nunavut Territory, Canada. She was born in Iqaluit and initially pursued a career in video game design. Her interest in storytelling led to filmmaking as a way of preserving the great Inuit stories, leading to her producing debut with the documentary James Huston: The Most Interesting Group of People You’ll Ever Meet (2008), which focuses on the Inuit artist and cultural icon. Baril then wrote and directed the animated short Lumaajuuq in 2010, which was named Best Canadian Short Drama at the ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival.
In 2010, she also directed the feature documentary Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos (2010). Environmental colonialism is the focus of Angry Inuk (2016), her award-winning documentary about the importance of seal hunting to the Inuit culture. In 2017, she won the Governor General’s Canadian Meritorious Service Cross in recognition of her work as both filmmaker and activist. Her latest project was co-producing Miranda de Pencier’s The Grizzlies (2018), a dramatization of the creation of a lacrosse team to combat teen suicide in an Arctic town.