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Gwala Rising

Documentary / USA / 13 min.

Gwala Rising in the Bwanabwana Islands depicts the revitalization of traditional conservation practices in the islands of Papua New Guinea. The community of Anagusa Island is combating the effects of climate change and protecting the coral reefs they rely on using gwala: the traditional practice of setting aside a reef or forest area to allow the ecosystem to recover. Gwala is helping the community of Anagusa Island prosper - empowering men and women with improved access to food and livelihoods.

Director: Stephani Gordon
Producer: Jennifer Shoemaker, Niquole Esters
Writer: Stephani Gordon
Leave It On the Water

Documentary / Canada / 13 min.

Outrigger racing is a global sport embraced by many Indigenous peoples. We follow a canoe group, known as For the People, from a small isolated First Nation village (Penelakut) on Vancouver Island, BC. They will represent their community in the Queen Lili'uokalani race, which is the world’s largest outrigger canoe race in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

The inspiring story brings together a group of Indigenous youth who train for months, receive coaching, make significant sacrifices, fundraise and race in competitions along the west coast of BC - with the ultimate goal of taking their group to Hawaii in September 2017. Elders will provide traditional teachings and guide the youth around the responsibility that is connected to representing their community on an emotional journey of determination, perseverance and strength and leaving the struggles of Our People, On the Water.

Director: Steve Sxwithultxw
Producer: Michele Mundy
Writer: Steve Sxwithultxw

Animation / Argentina / 9 min.

Discrimination, bullying and indifference keep him away from his beloved playground. But Ian won't give up easily and will achieve something amazing.

Director: Abel Goldfarb
Producer: Gastón Gorali, Juan Jose Campanella
Writer: Gastón Gorali