After the Last River


In the shadow of a De Beers diamond mine, the remote community of Attawapiskat lurches from crisis to crisis - with the most recent being declared over an epidemic of suicide attempts.

After the Last River is a complex examination of a community under pressure. Filmed over five years, the feature documentary follows Attawapiskat’s journey from obscurity and into the international spotlight as local leaders and community residents fight to raise awareness and aid. Filmmaker Vicki Lean connects personal stories from the First Nation to entwined mining industry agendas and government policies, painting a portrait of a territory that is a imperiled homeland to some and a profitable new frontier for others. Through interviews with executives and government, rare archival material and day-in-the-life footage of the community, Lean weaves a tapestry of the issues effecting indigenous rights today.

Winning five festival awards to date, it has been described by film critics and programmers as the “most pressing portrait of Canada you will see all year” and was recently featured on the cover of the 100th issue of POV, Canada’s national documentary magazine.