this river

Katherena Vermette | CANADA | 2016 | 18 MIN | SHORT Documentary

Thursday 20 October 2016 | 2:15 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
Screening as part of Solid Ground: Canadian Shorts

Muddy and long, Winnipeg’s Red River holds dark secrets. When the body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine was pulled from the waters wrapped in a garbage bag in 2014, a group of volunteers established Drag the Red, a grassroots initiative to trawl the river in search of evidence of other missing Indigenous women. This powerful and beautiful documentary conveys the passion and conviction at the heart of their mission. this river is co-directed by Erika MacPherson. 

Katherena Vermette (Métis) is a writer of poetry, fiction and children’s literature. Her first book, North End Love Songs, won the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry and was the 2015 selection for On the Same Page, Manitoba’s province-wide book club. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines and anthologies. Vermette lives, works and plays in Winnipeg.