Writing the Land

Kevin Lee Burton
2007 | 7 min
In this short documentary, a Musqueam elder rediscovers his Native language and traditions in the city of Vancouver, near where the Musqueam people have lived for thousands of years.

Writing the Land captures the ever-changing nature of a modern city - the glass and steel towers cut against the sky, grass, trees and a sudden flash of birds in flight and the enduring power of language to shape perception and create memory.

Awards and distinctions

  • Best Manitoban Film
    Aboriginal Film and Video Festival, Winnipeg
  • Gerry Brunet Memorial Award, ex-aequo with "Hirsute" by AJ Bond
    Out on Screen - Queer Film & Video Festival, Vancouver