September 10, 2020
The NWT Film – supported feature-length documentary NAHANNI: River of Forgiveness debuted at the Yellowknife International Film Festival last year.
But over the Labour Day weekend, The NWT Film Commission (NWT Film) sponsored its “Red Carpet” screening in Tulita.
It was an opportunity for community members to view the film and to celebrate the participation of Tulita residents, Robert Horessai, Ricky Andrew, Corinne Andrew and Beatrice. (Leon Andrew of Norman Wells rounds out the Sahtu’s representation in the project.)
The film documents the 2018 journey of 12 NWT residents who constructed a moose-skin boat and took it on a two-week, 500-km journey down the Nahanni River.
Funding from ITI’s Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) Program contributed to the actual building of the boat, while the Film Rebate Program assisted in covering the expenses of filming in the Dehcho Region.
At its latest screening in Tulita, Elders spoke about the cultural importance of the project and film in keeping traditional knowledge relevant amongst the younger generations.
With attendance limited, by COVID restrictions, additional viewings were held this week for students in Tulita’s Chief Albert Wright School. As part of its sponsorship of the Tulita screening, NWT Film is also supporting a youth-driven project to capture the red-carpet event on video and in pictures.