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Seemingly nestled safely away in the Earth’s northern reaches, the sleepy hamlet of Pangnirtung, Nunavut transforms into a chaotic battleground as Inuit teenagers go toe-to-bodysnatched-toe with alien invaders who’ve slithered into the skins of local policemen and wildlife. While the odds are stacked against Maika (Tasiana Shirley), Uki (Nalajoss Ellsworth), and Jesse (Alexis Vincent-Wolfe), they know their horror movie tropes, descend from a long line of hunters, and aren’t about to take any nonsense for extraterrestrial invaders. Drawing from both Hollywood classics like The Thing and traditional Inuit stories of the shapeshifting Ijiraq, Nyla Innuksuk’s exuberant debut harnesses genre cinema’s allegorical power to revisit colonial histories and explore contemporary Indigeneity, while also delivering enough suspense and spectacle to put many studio efforts to shame. Bolstered by its gregarious performances and suffused with a sense of community (it employed a largely local crew), Slash/Back possesses a warrior spirit that’s as endearing as it is indomitable.

The girls from Pang seriously kick ass, and I cant wait to see what Innuksuk does next.

Marya E. Gates, RogerEbert.com

Trying to review Slash/Back is like trying to critique fireworks… It looks like the next Spielberg is coming out of the North Pole.

Michael Talbot-Haynes, Film Threat

Slash/Back is the kind of film that gets me excited about filmmaking.

Bears Rebecca Fonte, Hammer to Nail

Director

Nyla Innuksuk

Cast

Tasiana Shirley, Alexis Vincent-Wolfe, Nalajoss Ellsworth, Chelsea Prusky, Frankie Vincent-Wolfe, Shaun Benson, Kristian Bruun

Credits
Country of Origin

Canada

Year

2022

Language

In English and Inuktitut with English subtitles

Rating

14A

86 min

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Tuesday June 28

3:15 pm
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8:00 pm
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Wednesday June 29

6:30 pm
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Friday July 01

6:10 pm
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Saturday July 02

8:50 pm
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Sunday July 03

2:45 pm
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Credits

Executive Producer

Neil Mathieson, Hussain Amarshi

Producer

Daniel Bekerman, Chris Yurkovich, Alex Ordanis, Nyla Innuksuk, Stacey Aglok Macdonald, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Ethan Lazar

Screenwriter

Nyla Innuksuk, Ryan Cavan

Cinematography

Guy Godfree

Editor

Simone Smith

Original Music

The Halluci Nation and Michael Brook

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