2011 | Canada | Documentary

Potlatch: To Give

  • 23 mins
  • Director | Barb Cranmer

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Kwakwaka'wakw director Barb Cranmer has created two short films that recreate the experience of the modern-day potlatch, still practiced in her community of Alert Bay, British Columbia. Part 1 (10 minutes) is a narrative documentary showing the potlatch ceremony and discussing its importance in the passing down of history and connection to ancestry. Part 2 (13 minutes) immerses the viewer in the experience itself with a powerful soundscape that was filmed in the Bighouse during this traditional ceremony that connects families and community for Canada's Indigenous Northwest Coast people.