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Screening Partner for 9th Annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

How A People Live – Trailer from Catrina Longmuir on Vimeo.

The Media Democracy Project is excited to act as a Screening Partner for How a People Live, directed and written by Lisa Jackson, as part of the 9th Annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.

How a People Live will be screened Sunday, March 9th from 1:00-3:00pm at VIFF’s Vancity Theatre, tickets are $11 Regular, $9 Accessible. The screening is followed by a Q&A and discussion. MDP will also be on hand with an information table about our organization and upcoming events!

About How a People Live: (From

The Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations invited award-winning filmmaker Lisa Jackson and producers Catrina Longmuir and Sharon Bliss to trace the history of their nations’ forced relocation from traditional territories on the coast of British Columbia in 1964. Candid and moving interviews, striking archival films and photos dating back over 100 years, as well as a visit to their stunning ‘Homelands’ bring to life the story of a people known for their theatrical dances, their strong connection to the land, and the strength that has enabled them to overcome incredible hardships.

Following the rise of the Idle No More movement, this masterfully lensed and edited documentary emphasizes the importance of remembrance and reconciliation when meditating on Canadian history at large.

“In the film How a People Live we depict the land, we talk about what happened over a period of 150 years, and we demonstrate a strength of will and soul that is moving us toward a healthy and vibrant society once again.” (Colleen Hemphill, Chief Treaty Negotiator Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations)

  • Run Time: 00:59:00
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada
  • Website
  • Credits:
    • Director: Lisa Jackson
    • Producer: Catrina Longmuir
    • Writer: Lisa Jackson
    • Cinematographer: Clancy Dennehy, Gary Prendergast, Vince Arvidson
    • Editor: Brendan Woollard, Michael Vokins, Mike Jackson

About the 9th Annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival: (From

Women In Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is a member driven not for profit-profit society.  Our main objectives are: to further the artistic and professional development of women in the Canadian screen-based media community; and to recognize and promote the artistic and professional contributions of women in the Canadian screen-based media community and in the community at large.

WIFTV is one of the 35 world-wide chapters of Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI):

Responding to the limited opportunities for women in leadership positions in the film and television industry, WIFTV was formed in 1989 by a group of professional women working in the industry.

In our continued efforts to address these concerns WIFTV, in 2006, founded the Annual Vancouver Women in Film Festival as one of only three film festivals in Canada featuring women filmmakers: the other two are Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival, and the St John’s International Women’s Film Festival.  As such, we bring filmmakers and audiences together, offering opportunities for women filmmakers in Western Canada that would not exist without us.

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For more information about the screening of How a People Live click here.

To see the entire schedule for the 9th Annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival click here.


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