Mistissini Healing tells the story of two Cree young women who are healing from the intergenerational trauma they experience living in the isolated James Bay Cree community of Mistissini, Quebec. Survivors Maryjane and Dayna rise from unfortunate circumstances and find hope, inspiring them to work to improve their community for future generations on a reserve still struggling to cope with the appalling legacy left behind by Canada’s Residential School system.
About The Artist
Stephanie Vizi is a documentary producer, filmmaker and journalist. Stephanie has traveled to remote villages in Southern Africa and Northern Indigenous communities in Canada to create portraits of the resilience of the human spirit. Stephanie is screening her third documentary short, Mistissini Healing, at DocNow. Mistissini Healing examines the trauma experienced by the intergenerational survivors of Canada’s residential school system.
The DOC NOW Festival celebrates the work of established and
emerging documentary practitioners from Ryerson University's
Master of Fine Arts program in Documentary Media. Established in 2007,
Ryerson's Documentary Media program is the only MFA degree program
in Canada dedicated to developing tomorrow's documentary filmmakers
and visual artists. The program contributes to Canada's world-renowned
reputation for excellence in documentary by nurturing new talent and
fostering innovative critical approaches.