The 2019 edition of the Toronto documentary festival kicked off last night with nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, Tasha Hubbard’s searing look at the 2016 death of Colten Boushie and the outcry that resulted after Gerald Stanley’s acquittal. The screening marked the first time that a film by an Indigenous director has opened Hot Docs in its 26-year history.
“I think that objectivity is an impossibility,” Tasha told Playback Daily, “I think every filmmaker brings their own position, they bring their own experience to telling a story, which is why I feel really passionately about Indigenous stories being told through Indigenous eyes and voices.”
Tasha teamed with Director of Photography/Producer George Hupka on the film – they have worked together on various projects over the last 20 years. Their earlier collaborations include the award winning short Seven Minutes and the Gemini Award winning Two Worlds Colliding.
Read about Hot Docs highlights from Hot Docs Programming Director here.