We'll travel from Haida Gwaii, Canada to Jeju, Korea.
We'll dive deep to the ocean floor and climb high into
the Himalayan mountains to witness the greatness of
the female spirit.
CANADA | 2018 | 11 MINUTES
Three Indigenous women from the West Coast of British Columbia, have learned about Cedar from their grandmothers, mothers, aunties and Ancestors. This is women’s knowledge passed down. The relationship between Salish peoples and Cedar is inextricably linked – it’s difficult to have one without the other. Cedar is a life giver. Cedar is a Medicine. We witness how Cedar expresses itself through these three women.
Cease Wyss, a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Sto:lo woman has been taught how to strip Cedar bark off of a living tree without harming it, so that the bark may be processed and dried for the next season of weaving. Shy Watters, from the shíshálh First Nation, feels her Ancestors with her as she harvests Cedar to weave traditional Cedar bark hats. Brenda Crabtree from the Spuzzum First Nation on the Fraser River, passes down the teachings of her grandmother as she teaches intricate Cedar bark basket weaving.
For Salish peoples, Cedar is truly the tree of life. It provided wood for homes, canoes, paddles, poles, masks, weapons; boughs for flooring, sleeping, spiritual cleansing, and bark for garments, blankets and hats.
Practicing art, culture and traditions is a form a resistance and these women generously give of their time and of their expertise so that this knowledge may survive. We see how culture and knowledge are dynamic. They do not just live in the past but in a contemporary context where they breathe and change with each new person learning and practicing. This is how we stay alive.
FRANCE & GERMANY | 2018 | 18 MINUTES
Born on the island of La Réunion, Julie Gautier grew up as a child of the ocean. Free diving and spearfishing became second nature to her but her passion lies in the creative process - as an award-winning film maker and a dancer. Fusing free diving and dance, Gautier leads us into a new territory of ocean life. JULIE is Gautier’s powerful story of finding her creative voice beneath the surface.
LESSONS FROM JEJU
USA | 2019 | 13 MINUTES
Seven months pregnant and apprehensive of the effect motherhood would have on her career as a professional freediver, Kimi Werner took a trip to the island of Jeju in South Korea to meet her heroes, the haenyeo – a group of freediving and fishing women often regarded as Korea’s first working mother’s whose culture dates back centuries.
Expecting her first child, Kimi explores how the haenyeo represent feminine strength and resilience as a self-sufficient sisterhood of diving mothers and grandmothers. As Kimi transitions from a solo underwater adventurist to a mother cultivating a family, she longs to learn from the haenyeo elders - many of which are well into their 70’s and continue to dive.
Join Kimi on her journey in Lessons from Jeju, where she gains a deeper understanding of what it means to pass on her own legacy and learns motherhood for a professional athlete isn’t a roadblock but instead a path forward.
JAPAN | 2018 | 6 MINUTES
A portrait on Japan's most up-and-coming female boxer as she prepares for the title match in Tokyo. She quit her job and overturned all cultural and family expectations to pursue this path fully. She needs to win this match to continue. Bringing you into her male-dominated world, the film explores how Micki navigates the contradictions between her identity as a strong female boxer and the traditional Japanese definition of what a woman should be like.
AUSTRALIA & INDIA | 2019 | 19 MINUTES
When Saraswati arrives as a newlywed daughter-in-law who is unusually well-educated, she wonders how she will ever feel at home in the village. As sceptical older generation of women scorn the work ethic of the younger women, Saraswati grows determined to succeed.
This story of longing and belonging in the sacred landscape of the Indian Himalayas explores what it takes to carve out a home in a remote community. Seen simultaneously through the eyes Saraswati and the village as it prepares for an extraordinary ten-day festival, the film charts the everyday work and spiritual practices that bind people to each other and the land, even as life is changing.
USA | 2020 | 10 MINUTES
Runner and advocate Faith E. Briggs used to run through the streets of Brooklyn every morning. Now, she’s running 150 miles through three U.S. National Monuments that lay in the thick of the controversy around public lands. Accompanied by running companions who represent diverse perspectives in what it means to be a public land owner, she assesses what is at stake if previously protected lands are reduced and if the public is largely unaware. THIS LAND is a story about land access told through a journey of inclusion and empowerment.