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We Rise Above: Highway of Tears

Wed - Fri, May 13 - 15 / 7 pm
Sun, May 17 / 3 pm
Directed by Matt Smiley
2014, Canada, 76 min

Matt Smiley’s hard-hitting documentary chronicles the notorious, decades-long string of murders and disappearances of young Aboriginal women along British Columbia’s Highway 16, and how the systemic racism that defined their lives also contributed to their deaths. This film not only movingly relates the personal stories of the victims, but investigates how the legacy of generational poverty, high unemployment and endemic violence in their communities contributed to their tragic fates — and how contemporary First Nations leaders are striving to cure those ills.

Presented in partnership with the Canadian Museum for Human  Rights

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Highway of Tears is unnerving as it is poignant...haunting stories. It provides a reality check for the current condition of treatment of Canada’s Aboriginal people, and is important for all Canadians to see.
- LAURA CHARNEY, THE NEWSPAPER
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