2016-04-06

FINDING DAWN a Cinema Politica Network screening Presented by Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG) Wednesday April 6th @ 7PM The Company House FREE!!!

FINDING DAWN puts a human face on a tragedy that has received precious little attention – and one which is surprisingly similar to the situation in Ciudad Juarez, on the other side of the U.S. border. Dawn Crey, Ramona Wilson and Daleen Kay Bosse are just three of the estimated 500 Aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past 30 years. Acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh embarks on an epic journey to shed light on these murders and disappearances that remain unresolved to this day. She begins at Vancouver’s skid row where more than 60 poor women disappeared and travels to the “Highway of Tears” in northern British Columbia where more than two dozen women (all but one Native) have vanished.

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9C4D7TNbS4

Prior to Finding Dawn We'll be starting the evening off with a live performance and short film screening by Ravin Davis. Artist Raven Davis uses intermedia work and a live performance to respond to public acts of violence towards Indigenous women and culture on the comment pages of major outlets. Attendees of 'Finding Dawn' are invited to participate in the work by writing words, wishes or prayers for the missing and murdered Indigenous women and for those still in abusive relationships or situations. These expressions will be applied to the artist's regalia prior to the dance performance.

Raven Davis is an Indigenous, mixed race, 2-Spirit multidisciplinary artist and activist from the Anishnawbe (Ojibwa) Nation in Manitoba. Born and raised in Toronto and currently spends half their time living in Halifax. A parent of 3 son’s, Raven’s work spans from painting, performance, traditional song/dance, design, poetry and short film. Raven cleverly blends narratives of colonization, race and gender justice, 2-Spirit identity and the Anishinaabemowin language and culture into traditional and contemporary art forms.

Content Warning: Multiple forms of violence towards Indigenous women