Best of the Fests Series

Best of the Fests / nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 - 7:00 pm @ Art Spring

Tickets are $15

Director Tasha Hubbard will be in attendance with invited Indigenous Elders.

In August 2016, a young Cree man named Colten Boushie was shot and killed after entering Gerald Stanley’s Saskatchewan farm with his friends. The emotionally charged trial and subsequent acquittal of Stanley provoked national outrage, captured international attention and raised questions about anti-Indigenous racism within both the judicial system and the nation.

Award-winning filmmaker Tasha Hubbard follows the journey of Colten’s family as they search for justice, taking their fight to the highest echelons of power and, ultimately, the United Nations. Hubbard deftly illustrates how the long history of violence against Indigenous people continues to define life in Canada, and the impact of systems that have been the instruments of colonial domination for centuries. At once urgent and intimate, “nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up” is a profound portrait of a family standing up for a more just society for future generations.

This event is co-presented by the Stqeeye’ Learning Society (Xwaaqw’um Village).

The Salt Spring Film Festival invites you to join us in acknowledging that we are gathered on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples.


Best of the Fests / Honeyland

Wednesday, October 16th - 7:30 pm @ Art Spring

Tickets are $10

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.


Stay tuned for more Best of the Fests film announcements!