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.
“Mother Frackers: The Uprising, Part 1” SAMAQAN Season 4 Episode 51 (2015, 22 minutes)
Human hunger for energy is insatiable and the exploration for shale gas is causing up a stir among environmentally aware social groups. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing is the process of extracting shale gas from the depth of the earth. We take a unique approach and examine the activities of courageous individuals who have put their lives on the line. We'll meet Jesse Cardinal, Crystal Lameman, Melina Laboucan-Massimo and Cloe Desjarlais who founded the gathering that came to be known as “The Healing Walk.”
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, Kristy Assu
Produced by: Marianne Jones, Kristy Assu, Jeff Bear