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A group of Indigenous teenagers from Pimicikamak Cree Nation use square dancing to help heal from the trauma of a suicide epidemic in their small, remote community.

It’s the 58th Winter Festival in Pimicikamak Cree Nation, a small Indigenous community on the 55th parallel in Canada’s boreal forest.

The Twilight Dancers are competing in the square dancing category — but they’re not just dancing to win. They’re dancing to cope with the trauma of a suicide epidemic in their community. In 2016, 140 youth attempted suicide. 6 young people took their own lives.

Dancing helps the community heal. At the Winter Festival, everybody comes together to dance.

Credits (Click to expand)

Directed and Produced by
PAOLA MARINO & THEOLA ROSS

Written by
THEOLA ROSS

Cinematography and Editing by
MARCO LIBRETTI

With (in alphabetical order)

Abel McKay
Cherish Osborne 
Chloe Mckay 
Demi Moore 
Desmond Colombe
Donald Monias Jr. 
Kassidy Catcheway 
Kelson Monias 
Keshton Ross 
Kevin Mckay 
Nathan Halcrow
Pamela Garrioch

Theme music by CHARLIE FINLAY

Fiddle music by KEVIN McKAY

Sound editor / Re-recording mixer KRISTI McINTYRE

Special Effects Maziyar Khatam

Thanks to Affliction Clothing Primitive

Special thanks to the Community of Pimicikamak

© ACQUAMARINA PRODUCTIONS 2017