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.
“Kahnawake Waters, Part 2” SAMAQAN Season 3 Episode 31
The Kahnawake Mohawk Territory runs along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in Québec, across from Montréal. It is here, along the river, that Mohawk people have lived for centuries. In the traditional language of the Mohawks, the word kahnawake means by the rapids, and the Mohawks of Kahnawake have always lived on the water. The Onake Paddling Club, founded in 1972, was an instant success and continues to flourish in this community. Sharron Rice and Alwyn Morris were paddlers in the Club right from its start. Sharron and her family are all actively involved in the sport of paddling and talk about the tremendous benefits it brings, not only as a form of fitness but as a place to build teamwork, perseverance and to be spiritually connected to the water. Alwyn Morris was 13 when began paddling with the club and went on to become a highly accomplished athlete, winning both gold and bronze medals in the1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
This documentary from “SAMAQAN: Water Stories” Series 3, looks deeper at water's role in culture, spirituality and life itself for North America's First Nations people.
Directed by: Marianne Jones, Jeff Bear
Produced by: Marianne Jones, Kristy Assu, Jeff Bear