Huntwatch: Seal hunt documentary to premiere at New York film festival

As many people know, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) was founded in 1969 to end the commercial seal hunt in Canada, and cameras, documenting the inherent cruelty of the commercial hunt, have been an essential tool of the campaign.

Historically sealing was considered a respectable job, even heroic, until people witnessed it in their living rooms for the first time: graphic images too sensitive for most. Appalled by what he saw, a charismatic young activist named Brian Davies set out on a personal crusade to save the seals. Little did he know the battle would dominate decades of his life.

Narrated by actor Ryan Reynolds, Huntwatch is a 90-minute film that chronicles the international debate from its inception to the present. It features dramatic footage of Canadian landscapes, seals in the wild, historical footage of the Canadian commercial seal hunt and conflict on the ice, as well as interviews with IFAW founder Davies, politicians, and campaigners from throughout the decades-long struggle to end the hunt.

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This film will premiere as part of DOC NYC film festival, which has become America’s largest documentary film festival and voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “top five coolest documentary film festivals in the world.”

If you are in New York, you will be able to see the film on Saturday, November 14. Tickets are available at


To learn more about the film and sign up for notifications about future screenings, visit the film’s website at

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Azzedine Downes,IFAW President and CEO
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Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
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Dr. Elsayed Ahmed Mohamed, Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa
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Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation
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Faye Cuevas, Esq.
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Staci McLennan, Director, EU Office
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