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Honour Your Word @ Planet in Focus Film Festival


HONOUR YOUR WORD will be presented at the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival in Toronto

with filmmaker Martha Stiegman,  Barriere Lake youth spokesperson Marylynn Poucachiche, Elder Toby Descoursney, and Dr. Shiri Pasternak of Barriere Lake Solidarity in attendance.

Friday, Nov. 7th, 3:00pm @ the Nat Taylor Cinema, York University


Honour Your Word is an intimate portrait of life behind the barricades for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, an inspiring First Nation whose dignity and courage contrast sharply with the political injustice they face. The title refers to their campaign slogan demanding Canada and Quebec honour a precedent-setting conservation deal signed in 1991. Director Martha Stiegman spent four years shooting this poetic, heartfelt documentary that challenges stereotypes of “angry Indians.” Honour Your Word juxtaposes starkly contrasting landscapes—the majesty of the bush, a dramatic highway stand-off against a riot squad, daily life within the confines of the reserve—to reveal the spirit of a people for whom blockading has become a part of their way of life, a life rooted in the forest they are defending.

for information on Barriere Lake:

Halifax Screening @ NSCAD – June 12th


Join local activist Sherry Pictou, filmmaker Martha Stiegman and Cinema Politica co-founder and NSCAD research fellow Ezra Winton for a discussion on leveraging documentary art and spectatorship into political intervention and public activation. We will be launching the new Cinema Politica book Screening Truth to Power: A Reader on Documentary Activism as well as offering a special screening of Stiegman’s documentary HONOUR YOUR WORD (watch the trailer here:

Admission is free and seating is limited, so please come on time (also the front door will be locked as of 7:10). There will be some refreshments served after the screening.

When: Thursday, June 12, 7PM
Where: NSCAD University, Academy Building, Room A-208, 1649 Brunswick
Cost: Free
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Sponsors: Cinema Politica, Radical Imagination, NSCAD Division of Art History and Critical Studies, DOC Atlantic.