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.
In British Columbia, water has always provided an essential source of food for Indigenous people. “Ooligan” is a tiny fish also known as eulachon or candlefish. A traditional and staple source of food for Northwest Coast First Nations, this tiny fish is now threatened as a species. Once plentiful in over 30 river systems, the eulachon now returns to only three Canadian rivers and two in Alaska. Its loss can be tragic for the tribes that rely on the rich omega oils derived from rendering the fish. This documentary visits a grease camp in the Nass Valley and follows the Dirty Dozen as they render the fish oils for trade and consumption.
This documentary from “SAMAQAN: Water Stories”, Series 2 continues the exploration of water from the perspective of North America's Indigenous people. With a focus on Oil and Water, the programs examine dangers posed by the insatiable energy sector.
Directed by: Marianne Jones, Jeff Bear
Produced by: Marianne Jones, Kristy Assu, Jeff Bear