Documentary on 2011 flood, evacuees wins award

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Treading Water: Plight of the Manitoba First Nation Flood Evacuees, a documentary about the 2011 flood, has earned an award on the film festival circuit.

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Treading Water: Plight of the Manitoba First Nation Flood Evacuees, a documentary about the 2011 flood, has earned an award on the film festival circuit.

The film, made by the brother-sister team Janelle and Jérémie Wookey, has won the Best Short Documentary award from the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

Treading Water follows some of the 2,100 people who were displaced when Assiniboine River flood water was diverted into Lake St. Martin, swamping the First Nation’s homes. Many of those people remain scattered in hotels and temporary housing throughout Manitoba three years later.

Handout / The Canadian Press Files Métis filmmaker Janelle Wookey

“While we are thrilled and honoured to receive the award this weekend, the most satisfying thing was seeing a real response to the film’s ‘call to action,’” Janelle Wookey says in a release. “One woman approached us at the end of the screening in tears asking if there was anything she could do to help evacuees. I can’t tell you how touched we were by this gesture.”

 

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Updated on Monday, October 27, 2014 4:54 PM CDT: Removed last sentence detailing when documentary aired.

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