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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.
Dear Friends and Supporters!
Exclusive to VHX, we are offering a PAY WHAT YOU WANT option on the film between now and October 19th. We hope everyone that watches turns out to vote for the Canadian elections. For those of you watching the film outside of Canada, thank you for your support. Please do not shy away from letting the future Canadian leaders what you think of how the current government is treating the issue of missing and murdered women on social media. The more pressure we put on them, the better our chances of getting them to take action!
There are still tickets available for our October 26th screening at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto for a Reel Perspectives night hosted by The Globe and Mail & Hot Docs.
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In case you missed it, Highway of Tears was front and center in the news this past week with several Conservative MPs casting the blame on women. Read the Huffington Post's article on MP Bob Zimmer's comments that got him in hot water:
HUFFINGTON POST ARTICLE (BOB ZIMMER)
"One of the major drivers of missing and murdered aboriginal women is lack of economic activity or, simply put, a lack of a job." - Bob Zimmer MP