After the Last River

Vancouver International Film Centre

Reel Causes is pleased to partner with the VIFF and the Vancity Theatre to present an encore screening of the critically acclaimed documentary After the Last River on June 13th.

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, Vicki 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.

To date, After the Last River has been featured in over 12 film festivals, winning five festival awards including the DOXA’s Nigel Moore Award and Best Canadian Feature at Planet in Focus, where it is also opened the festival.

“After The Last River is a call to action, an appeal to a nation”

—  Sudbury Star


After The Last River – Official Trailer from Victoria Lean on Vimeo.


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Reel Causes partners with filmmakers and Canadian causes dedicated to addressing global social justice issues. We host film screenings followed by a Q&A session to educate and inspire our community, and provide a forum for authentic conversation aroundF the issues that affect us locally.

City of Vancouver
BC Arts Council
Canada Council for the Arts
SFU's Vancity Office of Community  Engagement
Consumer Protection BC