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A Winnipeg documentary written and directed by Métis writer Katherena Vermette and filmmaker Erika MacPherson won the Coup de coeur du jury award at Montreal First People's Festival on Monday.
The pair's National Film Board documentary this river examines a volunteer organization that searches the Red River for clues relating to missing members of the indigenous community. Described as an indigenous perspective on the experience of searching for a missing loved one, the 20-minute film will have its Winnipeg première on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, as part of The Decolonizing Lens, a film-screening and discussion series.
The film was jump-started by the experiences of Vermette and Kyle Kematch, who each endured the heartbreak of losing a loved one in separate incidents.
Kematch, whose sister went missing more than five years ago, now works with Drag the Red, a volunteer organization that searches for clues in the river.
MacPherson was in Montreal to accept the award.
Producer Alicia Smith celebrated the film's all-woman crew.
"I’m humbled by the generosity and grace of Winnipeg’s Drag the Red community and honoured that they welcomed us to witness and document their crucial work," said the documentary's producer, Alicia Smith, who also noted that the film's crew was made up entirely of women.
In a way, Randall King was born into the entertainment beat.
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Updated on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 10:46 PM CDT: Edited, updated