Gently Whispering the Circle Back: Sept 14 documentary
September 14, 2013 - 4:45pm
Beth Wishart MacKenzie's documentary film, Gently Whispering the Circle Back will be screening in Toronto at the COMFEST Community (Global) Film Festival.
Running length: Film (49 minutes), followed by discussion with the filmmaker.
Here's how the film was described at Dreamspeaker's Film Festival in Edmonton on June 1: "Gently Whispering the Circle Back (49:13) explores the journey of healing in a people wounded by the Canadian Indian Residential School system. With dignity and deep sincerity, Survivors and the Children of Survivors share their personal stories with us. We become part of a 'healing circle' as participants speak of their recovery of tradition, language, ceremony, and personal dignity. Their stories move us to look inward at our own participation in the ongoing pain of the Indigenous peoples of Canada and they inspire us to join the circle of healing for the benefit of all. Gently Whispering the Circle Back is a celebration of Indigenous spirituality and practice and its power to transform the lives of individuals and communities."
You may recognize the title words taken from Rebeka Tabobondung's poem, Reconciliation. The documentary was screened twice at this summer's Red Deer Truth and Reconciliation Commission event, to very appreciative audiences of about 60-70 each time.
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