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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.

Nyla Innuksuk
Originally from Igloolik, Nunavut, Nyla Innuksuk studied film at Ryerson University before working as a producer at the Indigenous-owned Big Soul Productions. She explores emerging technologies and interactive works through her company Mixtape VR and is a writer for Marvel Comics, where she co-created the teenage superhero Snowguard.

The girls from Pang seriously kick ass, and I can’t wait to see what Innuksuk does next.

Marya E. Gates,

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


Nyla Innuksuk


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

Country of Origin





In English and Inuktitut with English subtitles


Geoblocked to British Columbia.

86 min

Book Tickets

Available Aug 5 - Sep 1
Screening Online Subtitles
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Executive Producer

Neil Mathieson, Hussain Amarshi


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


Nyla Innuksuk, Ryan Cavan


Guy Godfree


Simone Smith

Original Music

The Halluci Nation and Michael Brook