Nahanni River of Forgiveness

Nahanni River of Forgiveness

2019 | 94 minutes

Yukon Film Society and the team behind Nahanni River of Forgiveness are pleased to team up and bring this 2020 Available Light Film Festival favourite to a screen near you! From May 28th - June 11th, you can rent Nahanni River of Forgiveness through Available Light On Demand!

May 28th at 6:00 PM PDT - May 29th at 11:59 PM PDT | WATCH FOR FREE - Sponsored Kobayashi and Zedda Architects

May 30th – June 11th | $6.99 CAD rental.

About the Film

The Nahanni River in Canada’s Northwest Territories runs through one of the wildest, most beautiful, little known, and fascinating landscapes in the world. Celebrated as Canada’s Grand Canyon, the Na’ha Dehé (Nahanni) runs through the Nahanni National Park Reserve and is within the traditional Indigenous territory of the Dehcho First Nations.

A group of Dehcho and Mountain Dene (12 people) seek to reconnect with the spirit of their ancestors on an epic journey through their most sacred land. High in the mountains near the headwaters of the Nahanni, they build a great boat (36 feet long), constructed in the traditional way reviving ancient, almost forgotten, engineering skills passed down from generation to generation. The Dene make a boat of moose skins stretched over a spruce wood frame and navigate it down the river. No boat of this size or construction has been seen on the Nahanni in a hundred years.

Photos by John Bingham

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