Spirit to Soar

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Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Closed Captions
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Canadian Culture & Issues
Children & Youth
Crime & the Justice System
Indigenous Cultures & Issues
Media & Journalism
Race & Racism
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Tanya Talaga
Michelle Derosier
Producer(s):Nida Marji
Shivani Srivastava
Rose LeMay
Executive Producer(s):Tanya Talaga
Stuart Coxe
Writer(s):Tanya Talaga
Editor(s):Eui Yong Zong
Assistant Editor(s):Adam Phipps
Consulting Editor(s):Shane Belcourt
Cinematography:Sean Stiller
Composer:Ansley Simpson
Sound:Zoe Gordon
Animation:Justin Stephenson
Illustration:Ray Fox


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Between 2000 and 2011, seven First Nations high school students in Thunder Bay died. Five were found in rivers surrounding Lake Superior. All were forced to leave their homes in order to attend school. Anishinaabe/Polish Canadian journalist Tanya Talaga brought international attention to this tragedy through her award-winning non-fiction book Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City. She cannot separate their story from her own, acknowledging, "I cannot pretend to know what it is like for the parents of the seven to lose a child, but I know something about what it's like to be a bit fractured." In June 2016, a jury concluded its inquest into the deaths and put forward 145 recommendations. In the years following, Talaga returns to Thunder Bay and her ancestral roots to talk with the family members, Indigenous community leaders and youth whose resilience in the face of unjust colonial systems provide a path forward. Alexander Rogalski

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