FREE film screening: Highway of Tears – Tuesday, July 21 – 7 pm (76 min.) Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay
As part of the Walking With Our Sisters events commemorating missing and murdered Aboriginal women, World Community is honoured to present this film. This documentary movingly relates the personal stories of the victims of the decades-long string of murders and disappearances of young Indigenous women along BC’s Highway 16. The film explores how this systemic violence is linked to the effects of generational poverty, residential schools, and high unemployment rates on First Nations reserves – and how contemporary First Nations leaders are striving to cure those ills.
Director Matt Smiley says working on the film opened his eyes to what he calls “a continual nightmare” that is even bigger than BC’s Highway of Tears – the ever-growing number of Indigenous women who are murdered or disappear every year in Canada.
This is a powerful and moving film. Staff from the Tsow-Tun Le Lum healing centre in Nanoose will attend the screening to assist with debriefing and to bring cultural knowledge and support.
Everyone is welcome to attend this FREE screening.
Light refreshments will be served.
FMI about the film screening or the Memorial Installation (July 31 – August 15) contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call I-Hos Gallery at (250) 339-7702.