Stan Isadore, local MC and dancer, is one of the stars in River of Silence. There will be a free screening of this film at the Slave Lake Legacy Centre on Friday, October 4.
Isadore’s co-star is Mariel Belanger. Roseanne Supernault, from East Prairie, plays their daughter.
“It’s a beautiful story,” says Isadore.
Isadore plays Nathan Wolf, a lawyer from Vancouver. Belanger plays his wife, Helen, a First Nations artist. Their daughter, played by Supernault, goes from Vancouver to the reserve to visit family every year. One year, something terrible happens and she goes missing.
The parents don’t receive as much help as they need from the RCMP, so decide to organize their own search.
“Watching the film, really opens ones eyes to how important family is,” Isadore says.
The world premier of the film was at the 2018 Skins Film Festival in Los Angeles. The film hasn’t been released widely in Canada.
This is a prestigious film festival, says Isadore. Being one of the few films chosen to premier there was a big honour.
The film will be at 7 p.m. at the Legacy Centre. Isadore will be present to do a 20 minute questions and answer time afterward.
This free showing is part of the Friendship Centre’s remembrance of “Sisters in Spirit” a Canada-wide day to remember and raise awareness about Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW).
Scientists give different statistical significance to the numbers, but everyone agrees that Indigenous women are more likely to be victims of violent crime or go missing than other Canadians.
The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was published June 3, 2019. It is available online at www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/final-report/.
The inquiry also published an education guide called Their Voices Will Lead Us.
The process started in 2015. The truth gathering process, as they call it, included: 1,484 family members and survivors spoke, 819 artists shared via art, and 83 experts, knowledge-keepers, and officials spoke. These were in 15 community hearings and nine knowledge-keeper, expert and institution meetings.
This year’s “Sisters in Spirit” starts with a ceremony in front of the Slave Lake town hall at 11:30 a.m. Isadore will be directing the walk and traditional blessings and songs.
After the walk, there will be a special soup and bannock at the Friendship Centre, including another ceremony.