|Directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers|
|Canada, 2021 (documentary, 125 minutes, colour, English)|
|Also known as "Kímmapiiyipitssini : la voie de l'empathie"|
|Image: © National Film Board of Canada|
|Video (National Film Board of Canada)|
"Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers' film witnesses radical and profound change in her community. Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy is an intimate portrait of survival, love and the collective work of healing in the Kainai First Nation in Southern Alberta, a Blackfoot community facing the impacts of substance use and a drug-poisoning epidemic. Community members active in addiction and recovery, first responders and medical professionals implement harm reduction to save lives. This work is contextualized within the historical and contemporary impacts of settler colonialism; Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy draws a connecting line between the effects of colonial violence on Blackfoot land and people and the ongoing substance-use crisis. Held in love and hope for the future, Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy asks the audience to be a part of this remarkable change with the community."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)
|Film Credits (partial):|
|Written by:||Elle-Maija Tailfeathers|
|Produced by:||Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, David Christensen, Lori Lozinski|
|Participants:||Dr. Esther Tailfeathers, Kirby Manyfingers, Tim Tailfeathers, Darwin Fisher, Lynda LaPretre, Tyler Bigchild, Michelle Wishart, Dr. Christy Sutherland, Tod Spencer, Pam Little Bear, Lori Eagle Plume, Melanie Old Shoes, Mariah Shouting, Kenneth Wood, Sonjae Bare Shin Bone, Leah Crazybull, George Calling Last, Maggie Kronen, Stephanie Brown Weasel, Dallas Hindbull, Robyn Fox-Oka, Robert Calf, Bryan Smith, Sean Chief Moon, Ky Bird-Shouting, Jeremy Weasel Moccasin, Roxi White Quills, Chief Roy Fox, Shae Standing Alone, Kalon Sharp Adze, Geraldine Shade, Nolan Little Bear, Rady Goodrider, Stacey Bourque, Lloyd Chief Calf, Travis Bird, Mark Brave Rock, Gina Hunt, Sylvester 'Sly' Daniels, Marcia White Quills, Lynda Eagle Speaker, Kevin Cowan, Jacen Abrey, Lani Blackwater, Trinity White Feathers, Sergeant John Connor, Virginia Tailfeathers, Lester Tailfeathers, Eline Van Munt, Leslie Wells, Kara Eagle Bear, Rylan, Warren Potts, Jeff Fox, Chantelle Vailleres, Leonard Chief Moon, Austin Tallman, Judy Sept, Tyler Chief Calf, Baby Boy, Lorne Taylor|
|Film Editing:||Hans Olson|
|Music:||Chandra Melting Tallow|
|Production Company:||National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada, Seen Through Woman Productions|
"Open hostility toward Indigenous people exists in many places in Canada, but the Prairies has its own distinct brand of racism. It was challenging to contain the anger I feel about the way my people are treated, without having that skew my ability to tell this story [Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy]. It was a challenge. But I tried to reflect the humility, dignity and respect I see in my community and its leaders. I tried to channel them."
-- Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (source)