Award-winning Canadian Geographic Films documentary premieres at film festivals across Canada this fall


Go home, the first feature documentary by Can Geo Films and the director of Secwépemc Sean Stiller, interlaces from Canada the story of residential schools with the plight of the wild pacific salmon.

OTTAWA, September 28, 2021 / CNW / РGo home, the first award-winning documentary by Canadian Geographic Movies and filmmaker Secw̩pemc Sean Stiller, is set to premiere at Canadian film festivals this week.

Coming Home Movie Poster (CNW Group / Royal Canadian Geographical Society)

The film portrays the founder of Orange Shirt Day Phyllis jack webstad and her family’s struggle to heal from the multigenerational impact of dating the infamous Saint Joseph Mission boarding school in Secwépemc territory. In a nested scenario, in the midst of a global pandemic and the lowest salmon run in Canadian history, Go home also explores how a multi-year federal fishing moratorium tears the very fabric of Secwépemc communities and centuries-old traditions.

Leading to from Canada first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation (September 30), Go home will have its world theatrical premiere at Calgary International Film Festival on September 29. It will then premiere at the Edmonton and Vancouver International Film Festivals the same week and will be available online to Lunenburg Doc Fest pass holders starting Sunday, September 26.

The film has already won several award nominations, including nods for Lunenburg Categories Audience Award and Best Feature Film, and was announced as the winner of Calgary Best Canadian Documentary Award at the International Film Festival presented by the Director’s Guild of Canada. In a message to CIFF, Stiller expressed his immense gratitude for the prize won, saying: “Go home is my first feature film and it really is a labor of love. When we learned that we were part of this year’s official selection, Calgary International Film Festival, that was pretty exciting news in itself. But to be told that we won the award for best Canadian documentary was truly humbling. It’s hard to imagine a better possible outcome for this film. “

from Canada The legacy of residential schools and the decimation of the wild Pacific salmon stem from a shared history: a world where relationships are broken in the service of power, where we are detached from each other, and the complex networks of interdependence that sustain creation. In both systems, neither humans nor animals are sacred. In the Secwépemc worldview, we are all linked.

Stiller hopes that Go home can continue to amplify and expand the sacred work that Jack-Webstad does and continues to do through Canada.

The production of Go home was made possible in partnership with the government of Canada.

Canadian Geographic Movies

For nearly a century, Canadian geography devoted himself to doing Canada better known to Canadians and the world, primarily through its award-winning magazine. As our country undergoes significant changes in its population, climate, environment, economy and culture, Canadian Geographic Movies leads a digital transformation to foster a better understanding of from Canada geography – the diversity of the human and physical landscape – as well as the changes affecting its inhabitants and the environment. Go home is true testimony to this, as Canadian Geographic Films’ first feature documentary. The production company has a number of other projects currently in development, with documentaries and TV series slated for release in the coming year.

SOURCE Royal Canadian Geographical Society



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