Edmund and I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all who managed to come out for the MFA Premiere Screening of In Jesus' Name at the Ted Rogers HotDocs Cinema in Toronto. We opened with traditional ceremony and healers were present to support survivors and their kin. MANY of us gathered at the Second Cup afterward to decompress from what is a very difficult film to take in.
Thanks so much to the Survivors in the film for coming out to the screening!! Your bravery and strength is helping others to begin opening up about what happened to them while at St. Anne's and other residential schools. As you know, this journey of releasing long-held trauma can be difficult but also very cathartic. We are SO proud of all of you!!
We also now have a Canada-wide educational distributor, McIntyre Media. The Survivors in the film expressed (before the film was completed) how so few Canadians knew about St. Anne's Residential School and the abuses that occurred there. It is our hope that students viewing the film will dig more deeply into the history of St. Anne's to ensure that, in a few years, the whole world becomes aware of Canada's racism and the brutalities of the Catholic church.
We are now seeking funding to complete the second film about St. Anne's Residential School and the Survivors. This is NOT Reconciliation has recently been pitched to the National Film Board of Canada as a co-production. We should hear back from them in the next month or so as to whether or not they are willing to come on board so that we can complete this film in a very powerful way. I will do my best to keep you posted!
Miigwetch, Thank you!
From Sue and Edmund