Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy

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Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sat, Nov 20, 2021 2:00 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, Nov 21, 2021 7:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Mon, Nov 22, 2021 8:00 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Tue, Nov 23, 2021 4:00 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Wed, Nov 24, 2021 4:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Cinema Extra
Display Category:New Releases
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers


In this urgent and inspiring Hot Docs 2021 breakthrough hit, award-winning filmmaker and actor Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open) turns the camera on her own community of the Kainai First Nation in Alberta to document their fight against the opioid crisis. Since 2014, the epidemic has cost hundreds of lives on this Blackfoot reserve. The film spotlights both the people behind the addiction and a host of dedicated frontline workers, including the filmmaker's own mother Dr. Esther Tailfeathers—one of the few medical doctors working on the reserve. As frontline witnesses to the crisis, they introduce radical new methods of fighting the rising problem of addiction, relying on compassion and empathy in their approach to heal the many wounds caused by a people's protracted experience under colonialism.

Online screening includes recorded Q&A with director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Hot Docs programmer Aisha Jamal

Streaming ticket: $9.99 (Members from $7.99)

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