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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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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!

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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 opened in theatres on April 19, 2019. It was the #1 Canadian film in the box office across the country for over 8 weeks!  

STILL IN SOME THEATRES! Get your tickets now!

If it's not playing where you live, communities can  buy a license bring the film to their community over the summer.

Educational pre-sales have now started for both digital and DVD. (Film available in September)

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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 on April 17 and as they did Q & A's during opening weekend. It has been amazing to see this film begin to resonate with audiences, get standing... (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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