Hot Docs review: Nipawistamasowin: We Will Stand Up

NIPAWISTAMASOWIN: WE WILL STAND UP (Tasha Hubbard, Canada). 90 minutes. Rating: NNNNTasha Hubbards doc opens with footage of her and.


NIPAWISTAMASOWIN: WE WILL STAND UP (Tasha Hubbard, Canada). 90 minutes. Rating: NNNN

Tasha Hubbards doc opens with footage of her and her children walking through prairie fields. They climb and maneuver past a fence, and then we here a click. It belongs to a camera shutter instead of a loaded gun.

Its both graceful and grave, savouring a peaceful moment while recognizing that the precariousness of Indigenous lives on contested land is whats hovering in the back of our minds.

This is how Hubbard eases us into her intimate look at Colten Boushie, who was shot in the back of the head by Gerald Stanley. The latters trial is a focal point in the doc, as is the Boushie familys fight for justice and subsequent efforts to speak out against the limitations in our legal system, which allowed an all-white jury to validate an Indigenous mans murder.

Hubbards doc often stands back and observes as Boushies family pours their heart out for her camera, for Parliament Hill and for the United Nations. She also contextualizes their plight with animated inserts that look back at how Canadas history informs todays events.

And in those scenes with her own family, which includes Hubbards white foster parents, she has probing conversations about todays actions and attitudes, wondering how they inform the way her children will live.

Apr 25, 9:45 pm, Hot Docs Cinema Apr 27, 1 pm, TIFF 2 May 4, 10 am, Isabel Bader

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