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Since the late 1960s, at least eighteen young women — many of them from disadvantaged First Nations communities — have disappeared or been found murdered along the 724-kilometre stretch of Highway 16 in northern British Columbia. None of these cold cases were ever solved until 2012, when a special RCMP investigation was able to link DNA from one of the murder victims to deceased US criminal Bobby Jack Fowler; but this single answer has done little to heal the wounds of Aboriginal communities who have seen dozens of their young women vanish along the "Highway of Tears," victims not only of murderous predators but of the systemic racism of a federal government that keeps them trapped on impoverished reservations and, as critics charge, evinced little interest in apprehending their killers.
Narrated by Nathan Fillion, Matt Smiley's award-winning documentary "Highway of Tears" not only movingly relates the personal stories of the victims, but investigates how the legacy of generational poverty, high unemployment and endemic violence in their communities contributed to their tragic fates — and how contemporary First Nations leaders are striving to cure those ills.
Awareness is building and we're constantly pushing to find ways of getting everyone around the world behind us to push for ACTION to prevent violence. We have some amazing news to share in the next couple of days regarding the documentary and our production team's action plan to push for safe & affordale public transportation in the north.
And the wait is now over! You can now rent "Highway of Tears" for $3.99 and stream it live on the VHX website, or buy your very own download copy for $11.99. We appreciate all the support!
Please write us and share your thoughts on the film, share a story, or simply send us a few words of encouragement. We love hearing feedback! Thank you for following our progress and for signing up to receive updates! Can't wait for our next announcement!
The Highway of Tears Production Team