Know I’m Here follows artist Kal Barteski as she organizes a massive art project in the subarctic town of Churchill, Manitoba. Motivated by the closing of the town’s port, the loss of jobs, and effects of climate change, Kal invited 18 artists from around the world to paint murals as a way of helping the community.
But, those goals become tested.
Just days before the art festival, an unexpected crisis strikes. Spring floods wash out the rail line and cut off Churchill’s lifeline to the south. Getting food and supplies becomes a daily challenge. The American company that owns the rail and the Canadian government are in a stand-off. The remote community becomes trapped and more isolated than ever.
As townspeople deal with stresses and look for solutions, Kal and the artists work to create and do what all great art does: offer recognition and reflect a particular moment in time. These massive works of art transform the landscape and bring hope and recognition to a community feeling forgotten.
KNOW I’M HERE
featuring from the town of Churchill
Helen Da Silva
Mayor Mike Spence
Tony Da Silva
featuring Seawalls Churchill artists
Mandy Van Leeuwen
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