Stephanie Vizi (BJ ‘14) is screening her third short documentary, Mistissini Healing, as part of the DocNow Festival (www.docnow.ca) in Toronto. Mistissini Healing tells the story of two Cree young women who are healing from the intergenerational trauma they’ve experienced living in the isolated James Bay Cree community of Mistissini, Quebec. Survivors Maryjane and Dayna rise from unfortunate circumstances and find hope, inspiring them to work to improve their community for future generations on a reserve still struggling to cope with the appalling legacy left behind by Canada’s Residential School system.
A second Journalism school alumna, Lauren Bridle (BJ ‘14), is premiering her first documentary film, Lovesick, at the same festival. Lovesick explores the changing landscape of a small Canadian lake through the stories of the people who live on its shores. Lovesick Lake is one of the smallest bodies of water along the Trent-Severn canal system – a waterway that connects Lake Huron to Lake Ontario. Once a prosperous region used by Canada’s First Nations people for hunting and fishing, Lovesick Lake is now a popular cottage destination. Shoreline development has increased exponentially while the health of the lake and surrounding land has declined. Lovesick compels viewers to ask, “At what cost does Canada’s cottage country come?”
Both documentaries will be shown on June 7 at 6:30 p.m. at DocNow, one of Canada’s most exciting interdisciplinary documentary festivals created by the next generation of artists and activists. Now in its ninth year, DocNow features innovative film, photographic, and installation work produced by the 2017 graduates of Ryerson University’s Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media program.