Highway of Tears chronicles the notorious, decades-long string of murders and disappearances of young Indigenous women along British Columbia’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.
Since the late 1960s, at least 18 young women — many of them from disadvantaged First Nations communities — have disappeared or been found murdered along the 724-kilometre stretch of Highway 16 in northern British Columbia. None of these cold cases were ever solved until 2012, when a special RCMP investigation was able to link DNA from one of the murder victims to deceased US criminal Bobby Jack Fowler; but this single answer has done little to heal the wounds of Aboriginal communities who have seen dozens of their young women vanish along the “Highway of Tears,” victims not only of murderous predators but of the systemic racism of a federal government that keeps them trapped on impoverished reservations and, as critics charge, evinced little interest in apprehending their killers.
Narrated by Nathan Fillion, Highway of Tears not only movingly relates the personal stories of the victims and their families, but investigates how the legacy of generational poverty, high unemployment and endemic violence in their communities contributed to their tragic fates — and how contemporary First Nations leaders are striving to cure those ills.
March 27, 2015
Metropolitian Community Church of Toronto
115 Simpson Ave
In Riverdale, one block north of Gerrard, one block west of Logan
Followed by a discussion with:
Niki Ashton, MP for Churchill, NDP Aboriginal Affairs Critic, formerly Women’s Affairs Critic
Matt Smiley, Director of Highway of Tears
Hosted and Moderated by
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“When it comes to climate change,
why do we do so little when we know so much?”
Join us for a free screening of the doc DISRUPTION, an unflinching look at the consequences of our inaction on climate change. Followed by a discussion with Vanessa Gray—an Anishinaabe kwe land defender—and MPP Peter Tabuns, moderated by MP Craig Scott.
February 27, 2015
St. John’s Presbyterian Church
415 Broadview Ave (at Simpson) Continue reading Cinema Politica Danforth Presents “DISRUPTION” on Feb. 27
Defensora is a deeply moving testimony to incredible courage in the face of wanton brutality and a shining tribute to the human search for justice.
– Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians
Followed by a discussion with: Murray Klippenstein, lawyer for the Mayan Plaintiffs and Craig Scott, Member of Parliament for Toronto Danforth.
Saturday, January 31 – 7:30pm
Walter Stewart Public Library
170 Memorial Park Avenue
Directions: (1 block north of Mortimer Ave., 2 blocks west of Coxwell Ave)
Closest major intersection Coxwell Ave. and Mortimer Ave.
Public Transit – TTC O’Connor bus northbound from Coxwell subway station.
Screening is FREE but donations will be gratefully accepted.
About the Film
Production Company 6kidsProductions and Girl Edge Films
USA | Guatemala | Canada / 2013
DEFENSORA documents the historic and on-going land and community defense struggles of Mayan Q’eqchi communities in eastern Guatemala, and their struggle for justice and remedy in Canadian courts against the nickel mining company Hudbay Minerals.
Defensora follows the story of sisters Maria and Angelica Choc, who lead a Mayan Q’eqchi resistance in Guatemala to reclaim ancestral lands and seek justice in Canada for the murder of Angelica’s husband, the shooting-paralyzing of German Choc Chub and the gang rapes of 11 Mayan women. Set along the shores of Lake Izabal, where tensions run high against a backdrop and history of violence, intimidation and forced evictions, the stakes are high for the Mayan Q’eqchi people who risk their lives to protect their lands, speak the truth and seek justice in Canadian courts, and for Hudbay Minerals that continues to deny their allegations.
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