Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond’s latest project, Inuit Cree Reconciliation, was a hit at its October 17 debut at Toronto’s ImagineNATIVE film and arts festival, later winning the festival’s Best Short Documentary Award.
Co-directed by Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk, the 44-minute film details conflict between Inuit and Cree in 18th century Northern Quebec and examines how that history colours the contemporary relationship between the two Aboriginal communities.
The film highlights the 2011 Peace Celebration Event on the Napstakopa River, at which Cree and Inuit representatives commemorated 200 years of peace at a site where their ancestors once confronted each other as enemies. The film also features interviews with Elders from Whapmagoostui and Kuujjuaraapik who delve into the intricacies of two distinct peoples living side by side in the modern world.
The documentary was presented in both Cree and Inuktitut with English subtitles.