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Gestures of resistance

Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy Elle-Maija Tailfeathers

Kímmapiiyipitssini, la voie de l'empathie

In Canada, opioid overdoses and prescription drug poisoning cause the deaths of over a dozen people every day. In this important and inspiring film, filmmaker and actor Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers sensitively turns the camera on her own community, the Kainai First Nation, to highlight its innovative and empathetic approach to confronting this public health crisis and healing the wounds caused by colonialism. Emphasizing the humanity and strength of people suffering from addiction and the dedication of countless healthcare workers, this feature convincingly demonstrates the benefits of developing a concerted strategy focused on harm reduction. (Programming Collective)

competition : National Feature Competition

Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy

  • Country : Canada
  • Year : 2021
  • V.O : English, Blackfoot
  • Subtitles : French
  • Duration : 124 MIN
  • Cinematography : Patrick McLaughlin
  • Editing : Hans Olson
  • Production : David Christensen
  • Production : Lori Lozinski
  • Production : Elle-Maija Tailfeathers
  • Music : Chandra Melting Tallow
  • Sound Design : Eva Madden
  • Sound Design : Peter Robinson
Filmography of Elle-Maija Tailfeathers :

A Red Girl’s Reasoning (2012)
Colonial Gaze: Sami Artists’ Collective (2012)
Bihttos (2014)
Detention (2017)
the city before the city (2017)

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