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Returning Home

Sunday, August 14 - 6 pm
Cinéma du Musée

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With director Sean Stiller in attendance.

CANADA
ENGLISH & SECWÉPEMC WITH FRENCH SUBTITLES
Documentary
72 min
Sean Stiller

SYNOPSIS

Canada’s Indian residential school legacy and the decimation of wild pacific salmon stem from a common story: a world where relationships are severed in the service of power, where people become detached from one another and the complex webs of interdependence. Among the Secwépemc in British Columbia, one such story is Phyllis Jack- Webstad, a residential school survivor whose experiences inspired the Orange Shirt Day movement. Returning Home follows Phyllis on a nation-wide education tour, while her family struggles to heal multigenerational wounds at home in Secwépemc territory. In the midst of a global pandemic and the lowest salmon run in Canadian history, the film also explores the absence of salmon along the upper Fraser River, and how a multi-year fishing moratorium is tearing at the fabric of Secwépemc communities. By observing the trauma experienced by Phyllis and her family, Returning Home holds a mirror to the trauma experienced by the natural world, too. For the Secwépemc, healing people and healing the natural world are one and the same.

Cinematography: Sean Stiller
Sound Recording: Sean Stiller
Editing: Katharine Asals
Original Music: Melody McKiver
Mixing: Robin Dumas
A Canadian Geographic Films production.

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