FilmPicking Up The Pieces: The Making Of The Witness Blanket

Monday November 25th, 2019 at 7 PM


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Carey Newman/Cody Graham · Canada · 2018 · 85 mins · PG

Special Event! Sponsored by Pacific Opera Victoria. Director Carey Newman in attendance for a Q&A.

As a way to honour the more than 150,000 victims of the Canadian residential-school system, including his own father, Kwagiulth and Coast Salish artist and Audain Professor at the University of Victoria, film co-director, Carey Newman embarks on a long journey to create the Witness Blanket. This large-scale art installation, inspired by the woven blanket’s symbolization of protection in Indigenous cultures, features hundreds of artifacts gathered from former residential school sites. Picking Up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket follows Newman and his team as they travel across Canada to meet survivors and collect these pieces of history. Through these survivors’ testimonies, the documentary offers a crucial account of the atrocities committed in government-funded, church-run schools—and the lasting effects those acts have had on Indigenous communities.—Vancouver International Film Festival

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