After the Last River

Director: Victoria Lean Year: 2015 Run Time: 86min

In the shadow of a De Beers mine, the remote community of Attawapiskat lurches from crisis to crisis, while facing mounting environmental issues and an inability to directly benefit from resource revenues. Filmed over five years, After the Last River is a point of view  documentary that follows Attawapiskat’s journey from obscurity and into the international spotlight during the protests of Idle No More. 

After the Last River is a complex examination of a community under pressure. Poverty, neglect, and isolation combine to force the remote reserve of Attawapiskat into accepting a De Beers diamond mine on it's traditional territory. As the mine removes billions of dollars worth of diamonds, the promised jobs barely materialize and the community is threatened by potentially devastating contamination. 

Filmmaker, Victoria Lean, follows the remote reserve's five-year journey into the international spotlight. Through interviews with executives and government, and day-in-the-life footage of the community, Lean weaves a tapestry of the issues effecting indigenous rights today. 

 


Director(s):

Victoria Lean

Writer(s):

Victoria Lean

Producer(s):

Jade Blair

Genre(s):

Documentary

Language(s):

English

Ratings by Province:

NR Alberta
NR British Columbia
PG Manitoba
NR New Brunswick
NR Newfoundland and Labrador
NR Nova Scotia
NR Northwest Territories
NR Nunavut
PG Ontario
NR Prince Edward Island
NR Québec
NR Saskatchewan
NR Yukon