Mni Wiconi: Mitakuyelo (Water is Life: Protect It, Defend It)
Film Description: Nearly a year after meeting at the Oceti Sakowin camp during the NoDAPL resistance movement at Standing Rock, five Indigenous Water Protectors are reunited in Toronto, Ontario to share the ways in which the ‘spirit of the camp’ created a family out of their shared passion and action, ultimately transforming their lives forever. Brought together by a calling to protect the water, their experiences moved them to further elevate their voices in solidarity with the global Indigenous community.
Director Biography: Victoria Anderson-Gardner is a queer Indigenous filmmaker and activist. They come from the Ojibway lands of Eagle Lake First Nation and currently based out of Thunder Bay, Ontario. The most recent projects they have worked on include: An Inconvenient Indian directed by Michelle Latimer; they co-directed “Inviolable” (segment) for In Search of a Perfect World directed by Manfred Becker and hosted by Peter Mansbridge, along with numerous other independent films that are in post- production.