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The films in this program range from the distressing to the uplifting, but they all explore the pain and destructiveness of isolation, and the need for economic, cultural, and spiritual community. They urge us to acknowledge the very real divisions in our society, to lend a helping hand, even if it’s a virtual one, and to value the connections and coalitions that sustain us.
The films The Day I Stopped Talking and Met du respect dans ton bac contain English subtitles. Unfortunately, closed captioning is not available for the other films in this selection. Take a look at our NFB Playlist & Other Recommended Viewing for film options with closed captioning.
*Special Q&A with Nicole Slaunwhite
Nicole Slaunwhite, director of Victim Impact, offered a Q&A on FaceBook Live from 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Visit https://www.facebook.com/100007596364621/videos/2591211534475367 to view the archived recording.
While our program playlist is no longer available, many of our selections are available publicly online. Read through the program list below for available links.
Wildfire (Bretten Hannam, 2019)
Fleeing an abusive white father, a Mi’kmaw boy learns about his culture, language, and sexuality.
Victim Impact (Nicole R. Slaunwhite, 2019)
A documentary about the Nova Scotia Victim Services Program. Please note that this film contains difficult material, including discussion of abuse.
The Day I Stopped Talking (Anna Quon, 2018)
In this delicate audiovisual poem, a child is cut off from the world.
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PubLr19MKg
Aquakultre’s “I Doubt It” (Deves Matwawana, 2019)
Maybe we don’t always understand everything as well as we think we do; maybe we need to listen more.
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnPiqfwzwKU
The Dreamers (Erica Meus-Saunders, 2019)
A documentary about three young women with big dreams and strong voices.
Othering (Millefiore Clarkes, 2019)
Images by Oakar Myint as well as Clarkes, music by Devon Ross, and a poem by Tanya Davis blend in an exquisite meditation.
Watch here: https://vimeo.com/367111923
Alaclaire Ensemble’s “Mets du respect dans ton bac” (Phil Chagnon, 2019)
“Put some respect into your bin”: the employees of the sorting centre have our backs, and they deserve our respect.
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN2tKabrcuA
The Game of Hockey: A Mi’kmaw Story (April Maloney, co-director Cheryl Maloney, 2019)
Mi’kmaw skill, creativity, and labour gave us the game we love today. This documentary exposes a complex of issues, from oral vs. written history to part of the role of capitalism in the game.
Aquakultre’s “Pay It Forward” (Evan Elliott, co-director Lance Sampson, 2020)
The title says it all. The song is the final track of Aquakultre’s forthcoming album, Legacy.
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bntBVA66Z5M