SUGARCANE

ART OF IMPACT

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Directors JULIAN BRAVE NOISECAT, EMILY KASSIE (US 2023) 107 min

The recipient of this year’s Sundance US Documentary Directing Award, Sugarcane offers a sensitive exploration of the harrowing legacy of the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School, where Indigenous children endured unimaginable abuses aimed at eradicating their cultural identity. Directors Julian Brave NoiseCat and Emily Kassie delicately unfold personal narratives of resilience amidst the revelation of unmarked children’s graves; through interviews with survivors such as activist Charlene Belleau and NoiseCat’s father, they gather poignant insights into the intergenerational effects of residential-school trauma. For former chief Rick Gilbert and other First Nations leaders, a pilgrimage to meet with the Pope represents an initial step towards healing and reconciliation. Registering Sugarcane’s atrocities may seem daunting, but it’s crucial to shed light on these widespread injustices and demand accountability. In the hands of these directors, the message is unmistakable: addressing these issues requires compassion and empathy.

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DIRECTORS

JULIAN BRAVE NOISECAT is a writer, filmmaker, and proud member of the Canim Lake Band Tsq’escen and descendant of the Lil’Wat Nation of Mount Currie. His journalism has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker, and his first book, We Survived the Night, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf.

EMILY KASSIE is an award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker who reports stories on geopolitical conflict, humanitarian crises, corruption, and the people caught in the crossfire. Her first documentary, I Married My Family’s Killer, following couples in post-genocide Rwanda, won a Student Academy Award in 2015.

FILM INFO

COUNTRY:US
YEAR:2023
RUNNING TIME:107 min
LANGUAGE:English
DIRECTORS:Julian Brave NoiseCat, Emily Kassie
PRODUCERS:
Emily Kassie, Kellen Quinn
CINEMATOGRAPHER:
Christopher LaMarca
EDITORS:
Nathan Punwar, Maya Daisy Hawke
NOTE WRITER:
Michelle Svenson

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