KONELĪNE: Our Land Beautiful Ottawa Premiere and Benefit for One World Arts | February 22

Join One World Arts for a special one-night-only screening of the breathtaking and award winning Canadian documentary KONELĪNE: Our Land Beautiful at the ByTowne Cinema (325 Rideau St.) in Ottawa on February 22nd, 2017 at 6:45PM. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Ugo Lapointe, Canada Program Coordinator at MiningWatch Canada, and Ben Powless, a Mohawk citizen and Ottawa resident with a background in human rights, indigenous rights and environmental advocacy.

Tickets are $12 and proceeds of the event will go to support One World Arts in delivering the 28th annual One World Film Festival, Ottawa’s longest running documentary film festival.

Online ticket sales will end at 4PM on February 22nd. Tickets will be available for purchase at the ByTowne Cinema starting at 3:45PM on February 22nd.

Members of the media are invited attend free of charge. Media inquiries can be directed to media@oneworldarts.ca.

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KONELĪNE: Our Land Beautiful | Canada | 2015 | 96 min

Nettie Wild’s astonishing, masterfully shot documentary and recent winner of the best Canadian Feature prize at Hot Docs takes its title from the Tahltan First Nation word that can mean both the land and the mind are beautiful. Wild stays true to that poetic purity in exploring the stunningly visual story of life in Northwestern British Columbia, juxtaposed with changes forced by progress and ramped-up copper and gold mining.

Equal parts sigh, song and cry, the film shows restraint in stepping out of the way to let people – from tribal elders to a wilderness hunting guide and miners – tell their stories, without passing judgment.

Linda Barnard, Toronto Star


Ugo Lapointe‘s work with MiningWatch Canada focuses on Canadian provincial and territorial mining policy development, reviewing of individual mining projects through environmental assessments, and providing technical and logistical support to communities affected by mineral exploration and mining projects. He also conducts research about domestic mining issues, in particular waste management, the impacts of mining on aquatic ecosystems and mining and Indigenous rights.

Ben Powless is a Mohawk citizen who was raised in Ottawa, Canada. He has a degree in Human Rights, Indigenous and Environmental Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. He has worked with the Indigenous Environmental Network, the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition and Ecology Ottawa on stopping the expansion of the Alberta tar sands and related pipelines. He has organized with the Defenders of the Land network and Idle No More. He is also a published writer and photographer who bikes year round.