5:15 – 6:20
13th Film STRENGTH OF SIBLINGS *WORLD PREMIER*
By Alex Munoz
Three siblings unite to get their older brother on a better path.
Q&A: Alex Munoz and (Youth of) Ute Mountain Tribes
14th CONNECTED TO CARIBOU
By Trevor Bennette
“Connected to Caribou” is a documentary film about three Métis youths and their coming of age. For centuries, members of the North Slave Métis Alliance (NSMA) have harvested caribou in their traditional territory in the Great Slave Lake area of the Northwest Territories (NWT) of Canada. With their intimate knowledge of the land, the Great Slave Lake area Métis founded a unique tradition that NSMA members continue to practice today.
Caribou harvesting is an integral part of Métis culture. After years of government-imposed ban, the successful caribou harvest represented victory for the NSMA. However, rapid decline of the caribou now threatens their community. “Connected to Caribou” is about contemporary Great Slave Lake Métis’ fight for recognition, conservation, and maintaining their relationship with the land.
Trevor’s passion for the outdoors, and keen eye for natural beauty helps direct where he points his camera lens. But it is the underlying social ecological issues, innovative solutions to those problems, and human relationships that drives his interest in film making. Specializing in communicating and documenting the complex intersection of culture and environment, with experience working on a variety of projects that help clients focus their message in a way that is informative, compelling, inspiring and visually stunning. Trevor has worked as a filmmaker for a variety of Indigenous and community groups, he has a master’s degree in environmental studies in ethnoecology from the University of Victoria, and has a long list of diverse professional experiences that all contribute to his film-making.