Freedom Road: Women / Ikwewag

Freedom Road: Women / Ikwewag

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Shoal Lake 40 women talk about their struggles, and those of their parents and grandparents, in trying to raise their families in a hazardous state of enforced isolation. Everyone in the community has a harrowing story of a loved one falling through the ice while trying to get across the lake, with pregnant women and new mothers fearing for their babies and having no choice but to make the trek in dangerous conditions. The film shows the key role of the community’s women in demanding funding for the road from three levels of government, and how their reconnection to culture and ceremony give them the strength to keep going.

Freedom Road Series is a five-part documentary series that tells the inspiring story of one First Nation’s battle to resolve a brutal colonial legacy that uprooted and transformed a self-sustaining community into an isolated island, only a short distance from the Trans-Canada highway.

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Credits
  • writer
    Angelina McLeod
  • director
    Angelina McLeod
  • featuring
    Roxanne Greene
    Tania Bruyere
    Ann Redsky
    Angelina McLeod
  • producer
    Alicia Smith
  • executive producer
    David Christensen
  • picture editor
    Erika MacPherson
  • director of photography
    Tyler Funk
  • location sound recordist
    Charlene Moore
  • sound design
    Anita Lubosch
  • sound mix
    Bruce Little