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posted by Robert DeVet on Nov 23, 2015 - View profile


Screening: After the Last River

- 9:00pm
Monday November 30 2015

Venue: Central Library

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Monday, November 30, 6:30pm – Central Branch Library, O’Regan Auditorium

(2015, director: Vicki Lean) In the shadow of a De Beers diamond mine, a remote indigenous community lurches from crisis to crisis, as their homeland transforms into a modern frontier. Rosie Koostachin delivers donations to families who live in uninsulated sheds, overgrown with toxic mold. She is determined to raise awareness, believing that if only Canadians knew, her hometown’s dire situation would improve. Over five years, filmmaker Victoria Lean follows Attawapiskat’s journey from obscurity and into the international spotlight twice – first when the Red Cross intervenes and again during the protest movement, Idle No More. Weaving together great distances, intimate scenes and archive images, the documentary chronicles the First Nation’s fight for justice in the face of hardened indifference.

Following the screening we will be joined by special guest speaker Sherry Pictou. Sherry Pictou has volunteered and worked in various capacities for several Indigenous organizations and in particular, for her home community, the Bear River First Nation, Nova Scotia, Canada. Currently, Sherry is an Interdisciplinary PhD candidate at Dalhousie University and serves as an associate member of the Bay of Fundy Marine Resource Centre and the International Small Scale Fisheries Learning Circles Project. She also continues to serve on the Coordinating Committee for the World Forum of Fisheries Peoples (WFFP). The focus of her research is on her community’s learning in interrelated local, national and international contexts of struggle for livelihoods.

The Radical Imagination Project is delighted to be once again partnering with Cinema Politica and the Central Branch of the Halifax Public Library to curate a series of provocative documentary films to Halifax from September to December 2015. These films focus on key contemporary issues and will be followed by moderated discussions.

All screenings are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit: http://radicalimagination.org/fall-2015-doc-series/

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