Moving Images Distribution is located on the traditional, ancestral, unceded and occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples - xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations - commonly known as Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Our roots lie within the independent film and video community. During the 1970s, a group of talented filmmakers began developing ways to increase the profile of their work. Their vision resulted in the formation of Canadian Filmmakers Distribution West which changed its name to Moving Images Distribution in 1994. Since our beginnings in 1979, we've worked to connect audiences with innovative works by some of Canada's internationally acclaimed media artists working in experimental, documentary, animation, short fiction and personal narrative.
“Edible Seaweeds: What the fucus?” SAMAQAN Season 4 Episode 45
In 2002 Dr. Dolly Garza, a professor at the University of Alaska, took early retirement and went to live on Haida Gwaii. Originally Haida from Alaska, she married a future hereditary chief of the Haida nation. Dolly continues the valuable workshops she gave to communities in Alaska, promoting the sustainable use of edible seaweeds which provide vitamins, minerals and micro-nutrients. As a source of natural iodine, edible seaweeds are especially helpful for anyone undergoing radiation treatments.This documentary shows her methods of harvesting for sustainability, clips from a workshop she gave to the community members of Skidegate and a cooking session with one of her favourite sample seaweed dishes while Jeff Bear demonstrates his culinary skills with a stir fry containing the seaweed known as fucus.
This fourth and final series of “SAMAQAN” examines the role of water in culture and spirituality of Indigenous people, their focus on stewardship and the efforts mounted to balance respect for the environment with development.
Directed by: Marianne Jones, Jeff Bear
Produced by: Marianne Jones, Kristy Assu, Jeff Bear