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Quiet Killing

True North | True North

The statistics are staggering. In Canada, it is estimated that an Indigenous woman is eight times more likely to be murdered than any other citizen. Though advocates have been raising the alarm about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) in their communities for decades, the total numbers are still unclear, and many cases remain unsolved. Kim O’Bomsawin’s searing documentary explores the systemic failures that contribute to these alarming statistics, while putting a face and a story to the women and girls behind these numbers.

The Abenaki filmmaker interviews Indigenous women across the country who seek to put an end to the cycle of violence, from community advocates to sex workers, survivors of domestic abuse, politicians and victim’s loved ones. Their testimonies reveal the different forms that violence against Indigenous women can take, and how the epidemic’s roots lie in Canada’s legacy of colonialism and racism. Among interviewees are local activists Lorelei Williams, Audrey Siegl and Angel Gates (who viewers might remember from her role in VIFF 17’s Luk’Luk’I). Quiet Killing is a story of violence, resilience and institutional neglect that carries a vital message about Indigenous women’s right to safety and justice.

Preceded By: Holy Angels

Director: Jay Cardinal Villeneuve / BC, 2017, 14 min.
A document of Canada’s colonialist history that also speaks of the resilience of a people who have found ways of healing—and of coming home again. more...

Director Kim O'Bomsawin
Country of Origin: Canada
Year: 2018
Running Time: 76 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In English, French with English subtitles
Related Links: Official Website | Trailer
Featuring: Lorelei Williams, Angel Gates, Tantoo Cardinal
Executive Producer: Michèle Rouleau
Cinematographer: Stéphanie Weber-Biron
Music: Alain Auger & Moe Clark
Distributor: WABANOK

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