Colten Boushie documentary to open Toronto's Hot Docs festival

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A film examining the case of a young Indigenous man who was killed on a farm in rural Saskatchewan will open this year’s Hot Docs festival in Toronto.

Organizers say Tasha Hubbard’s nipawistamasowin: We Will Stand Up will make its world premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, which runs April 25 to May 5.


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A news release says the documentary “looks at inequity and racism in the Canadian legal system” after the case of Colten Boushie.

The 22-year-old member of the Red Pheasant First Nation died from a gunshot to the back of his head after entering a rural farm property with his friends near Biggar, Sask., in August 2016.

Last year a jury acquitted farmer Gerald Stanley of second-degree murder after he testified his gun went off accidentally when he was trying to scare off young people who drove onto his property.


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The verdict gained international attention and sparked rallies across the country.

Hubbard’s film “weaves a profound narrative encompassing the filmmaker’s own adoption, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a transformative vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands,” the National Film Board of Canada, which co-produced the doc, said in a statement.

The NFB said it’s the first film by an Indigenous filmmaker to open Hot Docs, which revealed its full lineup on Tuesday.

© 2019 The Canadian Press

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