Sometimes art imitates life, and when it does, it can be very therapeutic. Such is the case when the lives of four Anishinabek (Ojibway) youth are forever changed as they land the lead roles in a film drama designed to combat suicide, depression and racism (Seeking Bimaadiziiwin). Delving into their roles, the youth discover striking parallels between the fictional characters and their own lives. Through participating in the film making experience they develop tools that help remedy their own struggles with abuse, alcohol, poverty and racism.
The Healing Lens is a documentary of inspiration that brings humanism and personal reference to the unfolding story of this generation of Native youth. The film exemplifies the far-reaching effects of Canada’s racist policies and a history of oppression on today’s young people. In real life, each of these four remarkable young people are overcoming the past and are engaged in unique ways of healing themselves – ways we can all learn from. The Healing Lens is an uplifting tale of survival.
WINNER, Best Public Service Film 35th Annual American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco
WINNER, 2010 People’s Choice Award, Bay Street Film Festival, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Nominated, Best Film, 2010 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards
Nominated, Best Director, 2010 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards
Nominated, Best Cinematography, 2010 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards
Nominated, Best Editor, 2010 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards
Official Selection, 2010 DOXA International Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver
Official Selection, 2010 Reel World Film Festival, Toronto
Official Selection, 2010 American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco
Official Selection, 2009 Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, Winnipeg
Official Selection, 2009 Bay Street Film Festival, Thunder Bay
Official Selection, 2009 Biindigaate Film Festival, Thunder Bay