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Drawing Wisdom is a Hello Cool World collaborative project. We make films, launch campaigns, hold workshops, and create teaching resources. All designed to celebrate Indigenous resilience.
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Audiences are raving about #THEGRIZZLIES MOVIE

Described by one of it’s Inuk producers (Stacey Aglok MacDonald)  as a “dramedy” THE GRIZZLIES is unexpected in so many ways. Based on a true story, the almost completely Inuit cast is riveting. And now history has been made into a feature movie. THE GRIZZLIES is playing this weekend across Canada.

NOW PLAYING! The Grizzlies is held over in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Halifax. Please see the film on opening weekend, it can make all the difference! Get your tickets now!

We've been honoured to have been able to be with the Director, northern producers and many of the cast as well as some of the Real Grizzlies as they had their premiere in Toronto and as they do Q & A's during this opening weekend. It has been amazing to see this film begin to resonate with audiences, Standing ovations, and rave reviews.

You will laugh, cry and leave the theatre not just wanting to do something, but feeling like you can. The cinematography and the northern landscapes are beautiful. As Ken Eisner of the Georgia Straight wrote: “in the end, Russ doesn’t want to leave this faraway place. And neither will you.”

Anna Lambe, the young Inuk actress who plays Spring, the... (more)

HIV: Healing Inner Voices: an Indigenous collaborative documentary film - COMING THIS SPRING! 

“It was only through my own healing that I was able to break through that intersection of stigmas that was placed on me.” ~ Martin Morberg

Through the voices of eight Indigenous people living with HIV, HIV: Healing Inner Voices, explores the realities of HIV stigma and discrimination - and the resilience - within Indigenous communities. Our Drawing Wisdom team is currently in post-production on the interviews completed for Healing Inner Voices: HIV. We're also excited to be prepping for our drumming shoot with Culture Saves Lives!

Produced by Drawing Wisdom • Created by Martin Morberg in collaboration with Lulu Gurney, Ron Horsfall, Tyler Jacobs, AJ Lowhorn, Val Nicholson, Flo Ranville and Aaron Snow • Supported by the Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS), Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC), and Youth Co HIV & Hep C Society. •  Funding from ViiV Healthcare, FNHA and PHSA.

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Drawing Wisdom & Hello Cool World are happy to support their very own, Rylan Friday, Project Manager and Vice-President of The Indigenous International Film Festival during its inaugural year, which will feature a variety of screenings and events at The Vancity Theatre on November 23rd and 24th, 2018. Its program is a celebration of Indigenous culture and heritage in screen-based media, and features standout works by Indigenous creators from Australia, Canada, Colombia, and The United States.

Four feature films are on the slate, including three British Columbia premiere screenings: From Australia, Adrian Russell Wills' Black Divaz, a sassy, intimate portrait of what it means to be Miss First Nation – a behind the scenes look at the lives of the contestants of the first Indigenous Drag Queen pageant in Sydney.

From Native Hawaii, Ciara Leina'ala Lacy's Out of State, the story of two native Hawaiians shipped thousands of miles to a private prison in the Arizona Desert, where they discover their Indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence

From Australia, Larissa Behrendt's After the Apology, following four aboriginal grandmothers who attempt to challenge the system and government policies to bring their grandchildren home after having been taken into state care under questionable circumstances.

From Canada, Gwaii Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown's Edge of The Knife is a 19th Century period piece... (more)