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Thursday, December 12, 2019
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AMIMIFF: DAWNLAND
(NR) 86min
May 17 - 18, Fri 7:30 (w. Q&A); Sat 7:00
In Maine, a historic investigation—the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States—is the start of a bold journey. For over two years, Native and non-Native commissioners travel across Maine. They gather testimony and bear witness to the devastating impact of the state’s child welfare practices on families in Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot communities of the Wabanaki Nation. The feature-length documentary DAWNLAND follows the TRC to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States. *Dawnland project participants will have a Q&A after the Friday screening.