Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers’ new documentary Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy debuts this Saturday at the Calgary International Film Festival. The National Film Board documentary offers an intimate portrait of survival, love and healing in the Kainai First Nation in Southern Alberta.
The Blackfoot community is facing the impact of substance use and a drug-poisoning epidemic. The film focuses on community members active in addiction and recovery, first responders and medical professionals. It draws a line between the effects of colonial violence on Blackfoot land and people, and the ongoing substance-use crisis.
CKUA’s Terry David Mulligan sat down with the director, producer, and screenwriter Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers. Here’s a preview of their conversation, which you can hear on the next Mulligan Stew podcast.