Yakonnhéhkwen (It Sustains Her)
2020, 16:49 minutes, colour, English, w/ Kanien'kéha subtitles
Two years ago, while I was mid-production of my film Yakonnhéhkwen (It Sustains Her) a student who I was teaching in Six Nations, ON committed suicide. Touched by this event, it informed the narrative of Yakonnhéhkwen placing a stronger focus on mental health and suicide. I wanted to create space to engage this discourse and empower viewers who have resonance with my main character’s story because suicide is such an epidemic on First Nation’s territories.
"Yakonnhéhkwen" is a Kenyen’kéha word meaning 'it sustains her'. Ann found healing in the rare traditional Iroquoian art form of black ash basketry. She also became keenly aware that her ancestors were there to show her the way. This is a short film about the depression that brought her to brink of suicide and her journey home, back to her culture and learning to truly value herself as an Onkwehonwe woman and artist.
This documentary has screened at numerous film festivals across Turtle Island and was nominated at the 25th Red Nation International Film Festival 2020 in L.A, and was selected for Variety Magazine's "Indigenous Films to Watch".
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