A very big congrats goes out to our friends at Canada Wild Productions for taking home top prize at the Hot Docs Festival this year for their beautiful documentary film, KONELĪNE: our land beautiful. The film won best Canadian feature documentary and a $10,000 cash prize at North America’s largest documentary festival.
KONELĪNE (pronounced KO-NUH-LEE-NUH) directly translates to “our land beautiful” in the Tahltan First Nation language. Directed by Nettie Wild, it covers the deep relationship between First Nations people and their land in Northern BC.
KONELĪNE has been referred to as “cinematic poetry,” and is unique in the way it depicts a large-scale mining project, the natural landscape and the people that inhabit it without judgment. The cinematography alone makes the film well worth a watch.
This Toronto Film Scene article sums it up quite nicely as, “A love poem to the amazing vista, geography and people of northern BC. And, most of all, it’s a reflection of the changing times.”
One Net Studios is excited to be working on North through South, a digital interactive experience to go along with the documentary, which will be released this summer. Sign up to follow the experience and receive more information here.
Watch a trailer for KONELĪNE below.