DER Documentary

Nuhoniyeh: Our Story

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by Mary Code and Allen Code
color, 55 min, 1993

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This powerful film produced from a Native perspective, has won many awards in recognition of its exploration of the history and current circumstances of the Sayisi Dene, a people of the ecological and cultural borderlands between tundra and forest in Canada.

While specific to the Sayisi Dene, the film provides an excellent introduction to complex issues of politics, land rights, cultural ecology and processes of cultural destruction and rebirth that are of widespread concern in the circumpolar Arctic.

It is a well-integrated film using historical photographs, archival material and contemporary film records that, together with the strong testimony of the Sayisi Dene people themselves, combine to provide a positive statement of human potential.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Society for Visual Anthropology, commendation 1993
Honorable Mention, Society for Visual Anthropology Film & Video Festival, 1993
Silver Apple Award, National Educational Film & Video Festival, 1994
34th Festival dei Popoli, Florence, Italy, 1993
Best of Category: Native Peoples Perspectives, International Wildlife Festival, 1993
Gottingen International Ethnographic Film Festival, (IWF),Germany, 1994
Yorkton Film Festival, Canada, 1994
Gemini Award: The Canada Award 1996

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