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.
“Without Running Water Part 2” SAMAQAN Season 3 Episode 28
First Nations residents in the Island Lake region of east central Manitoba long for a clean supply of running water and sanitation that most Canadians take for granted. They discuss the huge efforts that life without running water creates for cooking, bathing, laundry and keeping their homes clean. It isn't easy with their reliance on outdoor toilets and sanitation challenges of slop pail use for waste disposal during the winter. Although a water treatment plant was built at St. Theresa Point in 1998, it did not begin to meet the needs of this community for the term initially planned and only half the community has proper functioning running water. Those who don't are left to rely instead on deliveries of water in barrels or driving to water stations with pails to fill themselves. Water delivered in barrels develops a moldy smell over several days, and it's essential to boil water for any form of consumption or for cooking. Some residents cling to the hope that things will improve and they will eventually have a clean supply of running water and proper sanitation.
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: Kristy Assu, Michael Bourquin
Produced by: Marianne Jones, Kristy Assu, Jeff Bear