By Victoria LEAN

INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT INC. - as SALES All rights, World / DISTR Theatrical, TV, DVD-video, VOD, Airline, CANADA, U.S

Documentary - Completed 2015

In the shadow of a De Beers diamond mine, the remote community of Attawapiskat lurches from crisis to crisis as their homeland transforms into a modern frontier.

& Awards

Planet in Focus 2015
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • CANADA
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Victoria LEAN
    • Writer(s)
    • Victoria LEAN
    • Producer(s)
    • Victoria LEAN, Jade BLAIR
    • Synopsis
    • In the shadow of a De Beers diamond mine, a remote indigenous community lurches from crisis to crisis, as their homeland transforms into a modern frontier. Rosie Koostachin delivers donations to families who live in uninsulated sheds, overgrown with toxic mold. She is determined to raise awareness, believing that if only Canadians knew, her hometown's dire situation would improve.  Filmed over five years, filmmaker Victoria Lean follows Attawapiskat's journey from obscurity and into the international spotlight  - including when the Red Cross intervenes and again during the international protest movement, Idle No More. More recently, Attawapiskat received global attention when the community of 2,000 had over 100 suicide attempts in the span of one year. How could conditions be so dire when the live near one of the richest diamond deposits in the western world? Weaving together great distances, intimate scenes and archive images, the documentary chronicles the First Nation's fight for justice in the face of hardened indifference.