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s-yéwyáw: Awaken

Catalogue Number:  EFI000
Producer:  Elders' Film Inc.
Producers:  Aleck, Ecko
Directors:  Marshall, Liz
Producing Agencies:  Elders' Film Inc.
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Guidance, Health, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Media and Communications, Psychology, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2023
Running Time:  91:22

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Stories of hope and homecoming intersect as Indigenous multimedia changemakers learn and document the teachings of their Elders.

Ecko Aleck of the Nlaka'pamux Nation (Lytton, BC,) Alfonso Salinas of the shíshálh Nation (Sunshine Coast, BC,) and Charlene SanJenko of Splatsin of the Secwépemc Nation (Shuswap, BC,) are learning and documenting the traditional cultural teachings and legacies of their Elders, including the impacts of genocide resulting from Canada’s Indian Residential School (IRS) system. Calling the audience’s attention to the filmmaking process of narrative collaboration between an Indigenous and settler team, this character-driven documentary connects the transformative stories of three Indigenous multimedia changemakers and their four Elders. Infused by Indigenous ceremony, s-yéwyáw: Awaken walks alongside the process of intergenerational healing.


People’s Choice Award – Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival 2023

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