Monday, November 22, 2010

Remote and neglected Cree community spotlighted by Canadian Geographic team

Writer Linda Goyette, photographer Liam Sharp and Toronto-based filmmaker Peter Dreimanis have been combined to create a powerful cross-platform magazine package in the December issue of Canadian Geographic magazine. It's about something that would otherwise be out of sight and out of mind -- the fight for a decent elementary school in Attawapiskat, Ont., a remote Cree settlement on the western shore of James Bay. 
Goyette's writing and Sharp's photos are complemented by a documentary short by Dreimanis — with music by Dreimanis and Eamon McGrath. A slide show of Sharp’s pictures is accompanied by audio he recorded on site. 
Managing editor Dan Rubinstein tells us
The magazine article certainly stands on its own as a very compelling piece of journalism, shining a light on how the most vulnerable members of the Attawapiskat First Nation — young children — are caught in the the morass of federal bureaucracy. The film takes the story over the top.

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