Gimli Film Festival 2021

Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy

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GFF's 2021 Indigenous Film Series is sponsored by the Canada Media Fund! Stories of and by indigenous peoples from around the world and from right here in Manitoba, Treaty 1 territory and the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

 

Acknowledging this truth is important yet only a small part in cultivating strong relationships with Indigenous communities. Please see the resource links below for more history and perspectives:

 

·        Whose Land

·        Native Land

·        First Nations and Treaty Areas in Manitoba

·        Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord


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Elle–Máijá Tailfeathers’ film witnesses radical and profound change in her community. Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy is an intimate portrait of survival, love and the collective work of healing in the Kainai First Nation in Southern Alberta, a Blackfoot community facing the impacts of substance use and a drug-poisoning epidemic.


Community members active in addiction and recovery, first responders and medical professionals implement harm reduction to save lives. This work is contextualized within the historical and contemporary impacts of settler colonialism; this revealing and unflinching documentary draws a connecting line between the effects of colonial violence on Blackfoot land and people and the ongoing substance-use crisis.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    125 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Canada
  • Rating
    14A
  • Director
    Elle-Maija Tailfeathers