Tasha Hubbard’s nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up and Alvaro Sarmiento and Diego Sarmiento’s Sembradoras de vida (Mothers of the Land) are among the films to have picked up documentary awards at the 20th annual ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival.
Quechua descendant filmmakers Sarmiento and Sarmiento were honored with the Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award for their feature-length documentary Mothers of the Land (pictured) at Toronto’s five-day Indigenous festival, which wrapped on Sunday (October 27).
The 74-minute film chronicles five women from the Andean highlands in their daily struggle to maintain a traditional and organic way of working the land. It was awarded a CA$2,000 (US$1,514) cash prize.
Meanwhile, First Nations/Cree filmmaker Hubbard took home The Sun Jury Award for her nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up. The 98-minute feature, which was awarded a CA$1,000 (US$766) cash prize, documents a grieving family’s pursuit of justice after the killer of Saskatchewan Cree man Colten Boushie is acquitted of murder charges.
nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up held its world premiere at the 2019 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and is a Downstream Documentary and National Film Board of Canada production.
The ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival is among the largest Indigenous film festivals in the world, and showcases works from Canada and abroad illustrating Native art and culture in contemporary media.
ImagineNATIVE’s awards presentation recognized film, video, audio, and digital media works from Canadian and international Indigenous artists and awarded more than CA$80,000 in cash prizes and in-kind services to selected films.
For the complete list of this year’s award winners, visit the ImagineNATIVE website.