Tribute to director Tasha Hubbard marks National Indigenous Peoples Day, in Cinematheque and National Film Board series

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      Cree director and educator Tasha Hubbard's breakout 2019 documentary nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, about the killing of Colten Boushie, became the first film by an Indigenous director to open Hot Docs; it went on to win prizes and nominations at DOXA, the Canadian Screen Awards, and beyond.

      Now, in an at-home celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, Vancouver's Cinematheque is partnering with the National Film Board of Canada to present a trio of Hubbard's works.

      From Friday (June 19) to June 25, Hubbard’s two preceding NFB documentaries will screen for free via the venue's website: ⁠2004's Two Worlds Colliding, about the Saskatoon Police Service and its brutal “starlight tours”, and 2016's Birth of a Family, about the reunion of long-lost Indigenous siblings meeting as adults after the Sixties Scoop-- the mass removal of Indigenous children from their families into the child-welfare system, a trauma that Hubbard herself experienced.

      On National Indigenous Peoples Day, Sunday (June 21), nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up  will show virtually. Tickets are $5 with all proceeds benefiting the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society.

      The Cinemetheque has been closed since COVID-19 lockdown but has continued to run streamed programming through the pandemic.