SATURDAY OCT 13 I 2:00PM I FAMOUS PLAYERS CANADA SQUARE CINEMA
ESKASONI, CANADA 2018 I 05:45 MINS I ENGLISH I FRENCH I TORONTO PREMIERE
PROTECT OUR FUTURE DAUGHTERS
Jaime Black’s Red Dress Project has brought attention to Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, but the families left behind still have a need for answers and a desire for justice. Young directors Helena Lewis and Maryanne Junta unify devastating statics with poetic imagery to call the Canadian government, and viewers, to action.
Protect Our Future Daughters is a short docu-drama that educates about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) of Canada and the Red Dress Project. Our narrator is Maryanne Junta, a young artist, activist, and namesake of a MMIW herself. Through poetic imagery and well-established visual rhetoric, Maryanne’s personal story helps audiences to identify and stand in solidarity with the MMIW of Eskasoni, Canada, and beyond.
MARYANNE JUNTA & HELENA LEWIS
Helena Lewis was born on May 5, 2001 in Sydney, Nova Scotia and was raised in Eskasoni First Nation. She is a passionate, thoughtful, and hardworking high school student with a growing interest in film and the arts. She is a talented and avid writer and drawer and would like to continue filmmaking in the future.
Maryanne Junta was born on October 17, 2000 in Sydney, Nova Scotia and has grown up in Eskasoni First Nation. Her interest in social justice and the arts has led her to become a vocal advocate of missing and murdered indigenous women and people in her community and beyond. She writes, sings, performs, and directs her own material. She is also a past Mkumiknipuk Winter Carnival Queen of Eskasoni.
Producer: Manon Barbeau (Wapikoni)
Director of photography: Helena Lewis
Music: Carleigh Marshal