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Ahkâmêyimo nitânis / Keep Going My Daughter
Documentary Short (12 min) | Candy Fox & Chris Ross
In the Treaty 6 territory of Saskatchewan, a young couple, Andrea and Colby, who teach and do workshops to heal their community, narrate a message to their young daughter River-Jaxsen. The message, read from letters and journal entries that they have written to her since her birth, is filled with hope but also the challenges they face as a young Indigenous family relearning traditional kinship models to raise a healthy family. Their insightful messages reflect the hopes and dreams of a new generation of Indigenous parents who are fighting to heal colonial trauma and raise the next generation.
Candy Renae Fox is an award-winning film director and actor. She is Plains Cree with Vietnamese and Métis blood lineage. She is a member of the Piapot First Nation in Treaty Four Territory or what we know as southern Saskatchewan. Candy is a graduate of the University of Regina where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts for film production. She has gained experience over the past ten years in directing, editing, cinematography, and documentary work. She was honoured to have her film Backroads be named one of Canada’s Top Ten Student Shorts in 2015 by TIFF. She is an alumnus of the Women in the Director’s Chair internship and National Screen Institute’s IndigiDocs program. Her most recent her film ahkâmêyimo nitânis (Keep Going, My Daughter) was honoured with the awards for Best Short and Audience Choice by the Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards. Her films have screened at festivals both nationally and internationally at imagineNATIVE, Hot Docs, LA Skins, VIFF, and the Wairoa Maori Film Festival.