Coming to DOXA June 18-26, 2020

In HIV: Healing Inner Voices, eight Indigenous people confront stigma and reclaim community.
HIV: Healing Inner Voices

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We are very excited to announce that we're in DOXA

“ want to share our truths, our realities, our struggles, but also our accomplishments, our strengths, our resilience, our hopes and dreams, and the compassion we’ve had for ourselves. I want to take this film to the heart of communities to show what HIV has taught us, how we’ve empowered ourselves, our resilience, our healing journeys, our teachers. Let's show them a way out of the darkness. Let's show them how we are still Healing Our Inner Voices.”
~ Martin Morberg, producer, project creator

Through the lived experiences and voices of eight Indigenous people living with HIV, this poetic short documentary combines storytelling and the healing power of Indigenous culture to reflect on the realities of stigma and discrimination for Indigenous people.

Offering inspiration and empathy, the film offers up hope that understanding and compassion will decrease experiences of HIV stigma and discrimination. Most importantly, it will be a way to connect those who made it and those who will watch it, to community, and to culture.

DOXA: Committed, more than ever, to cultivating curiosity and critical thought, DOXA 2020 delivers some of the very best in contemporary documentary cinema over eight days. DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs June 18-26, 2020, offering... (more)

Earlier this fall The Inspirit Foundation, Hello Cool World and Drawing Wisdom contributed copies of The Grizzlies Educational DVD’s to The We Matter Campaign. With this donation, they were able to provide the film to over 40 We Matter Ambassadors of Hope, who are all Indigenous youth ages 16-26, who come from every province and territory in Canada.

All through this Winter, the ambassadors will be hosting community screenings and facilitating discussions within their home communities and territories to share messages of hope, culture and strength.

The Grizzlies very own Anna Lambe who plays Spring, gives a powerful message in the We Matter Campaign’s #HopePact video. Learn more on how to take a pledge. 

Hello Cool World and Drawing Wisdom are honoured that We Matter and the youth ambassadors will incorporate The Grizzlies into their practice. Together we are creating screening Toolkits, that include a discussion guide from the We Matter team to safely and effectively facilitate a post-screening discussion that is youth and community-focused. Drawing Wisdom is happy to work with We Matter and commends these Hope Ambassadors as they inspire their peers and... (more)

HIV: Healing Inner Voices explores the realities of living with HIV for eight Indigenous people who come from many Nations but all currently find themselves living in metro Vancouver.

Each tells their own story of facing stigma and discrimination, and where they find hope and love. This short, poetically-shot, documentary resounds with resilience, the healing power of Indigenous culture and most of all the strengths and voices of its’ makers. Honest and moving, this film will be a tool for healing.

Our goal is that HIV stigma and discrimination will be overshadowed through authentic representation, storytelling and cultural sharing. Most importantly, it will be a way to connect those who made it and those who will watch it, to community, and to culture.

We are preparing to show the finished film to the participants this month, and then begin to share it with the world!