Presented by BIRRARANGGA Film Festival
nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up
Cree man Colten Boushie was shot on a rural Saskatchewan farm – his killer, a white farmer, was acquitted. Tasha Hubbard's documentary tells the story of Boushie's family's pursuit of justice.
On August 9, 2016, a young Cree man named Colten Boushie died from a gunshot to the back of his head after entering Gerald Stanley’s rural property with his friends. The jury’s subsequent acquittal of Stanley captured international attention, raising questions about racism embedded within Canada’s legal system and propelling Colten’s family to national and international stages in their pursuit of justice. Sensitively directed by Tasha Hubbard, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up weaves a profound narrative encompassing the filmmaker’s own adoption, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands.
Fri 12 Mar 2021
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Restricted to persons 15 and over unless accompanied by an adult
Pre-screening short film: Spirit of the Bluebird
Director: Jesse Gouchey and Xstine Cook | Canada | 2011 | 6 mins
Spirit of the Bluebird is Jesse Gouchey and Xstine Cook's fitting tribute to a woman who embodied the bluebird spirit. This animated short film speaks to deeper themes of the ongoing mistreatment of Canada's indigenous peoples by the criminal justice system.