Best of the Fests Series
Best of the Fests / Honeyland
Wednesday, October 16th - 7:30 pm @ Art Spring
Directored by Ljubo Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska
The last in a long line of Macedonian beekeepers, Hatidze Muratova ekes out a living harvesting wild honey deep in the Balkan mountains and walking four hours to the nearest city.
Her bucolic existence is disrupted by the arrival of a nomadic cattle-herding family, with their roaring engines and rambunctious children. Despite Hatidze’s open-hearted welcome to her new neighbours, conflicts soon erupt, exposing fundamental tensions between sustainability and exploitation.
Featuring the gorgeous, award-winning cinematography of an epic, HONEYLAND is nonetheless clearly built from an intimate collaboration between filmmakers and subject. With a surprising sense of humour, this tough and tender portrait of a fast-disappearing way of life is an unforgettable testament to one extraordinary woman’s resilience – and her determination to restore natural balance.
This must-see cinematic marvel swept the World Cinema Documentary awards at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Best of the Fests / nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up
Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 - 7:00 pm @ Art Spring
Tickets are $15. Available for purchase soon!
Directed by Tasha Hubbard
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 Upweaves 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.