One of Ours

In-person screening and discussion December 7, 2022 at 7pm | Virtual screening and recorded discussion December 10th to 23rd
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts | 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

After a Haitian-born Heiltsuk French Canadian youth is racially profiled at an Indigenous basketball tournament, he wrestles with his shaken sense of belonging in his Indigenous adoptive family while attempting to heal from his past.

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Reel Causes presents One of Ours, a story about Josiah Wilson, who was adopted as a baby in Haiti and raised in a Heiltsuk French Canadian family in Calgary, Canada. Years later, when Josiah is racially profiled at an Indigenous basketball tournament and refused the right to play a sport he deeply loves, his experience makes the news. In the aftermath of this hurtful rejection, Josiah is left to examine his identity, his shaken sense of belonging and the complex relationships he has with his family and community.

With the unwavering support of his loved ones, Josiah embarks on the difficult path of healing from his past and finding his footing in the world. With deep compassion for Josiah’s journey, this honest portrayal of complicated family dynamics boldly asks us to create space for non-linear paths to self-acceptance, while revealing the empowering experience of being accepted and loved by your community.

An Exploration of Identity, Belonging and Healing

Stay for the post-film conversation. This dynamic panel of speakers, moderated by Reel Causes Curator, Natasha Tony, will pick up on the threads of identity, belonging and healing. Join panelists Yasmine Mathurin (Director) and Kim Haxton (Lateral Liberation Coach) as they explore pathways to healing, rooted in the complexity of family, self-acceptance and community.

Read more about these amazing panelists here.

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Founded in 2011, Butterflies in Spirit is a Vancouver dance group started by Lorelei Williams consisting of family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Their mission is to raise awareness of violence against Indigenous women and girls and the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across Canada.

Butterflies in Spirit has performed at numerous gatherings and events throughout Canada, the US (Alcatraz Island), Mexico and Bogota, Colombia. On stage, members of the group wear shirts depicting images of their missing and murdered loved ones.

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1. Purchase a ticket here or by clicking on the Get Tickets section.
2. You will receive an email with information on how to watch the film and recorded panel discussion.
3. One of Ours and recorded panel discussion is available from December 10th to 23rd.

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BC Arts Council
Canada Council for the Arts
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