This month we welcomed Michelle Latimer (Métis/Algonquin) to speak on the theme of Mystery. Michelle is a Toronto based filmmaker, programmer, actor and activist.

Her films include Choke (Sundance Special Jury Honorable Mention in International Short Filmmaking), The Underground, Nimmikaage and the feature doc ALIAS. Michelle is currently adapting the bestselling novel The Inconvenient Indian for screen and directing a short doc for Field Of Vision. She programs for Hot Docs Film Festival and the Dawson City International Short Film Festival.

This past Friday, Michelle shared some of her current work, an episodic series she directed and produced called RISE. Made in partnership with Vice Canada and APTN, RISE documents “the largest gathering of indigenous people in more than a century [coming] together to protect the area’s water”.

Watch Ep 1 and Ep 2 now on VICELAND.

Grounded in finding truths, Michelle shared her account of witnessing the response to the Dakota Access Pipeline. We were so honoured to have her share her first hand account, and the translation of that account into a powerful story worthy of the world’s attention. Our audience shared the impact of Michelle’s talk too: