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Lethbridge’s Movie Mill to show award-winning Blackfoot documentary

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VANCOUVER, BC – An award-winning local documentary is going to be screening at a number of theatres across the country soon.

The feature-length film is by Elle-Maija Tailfeathers and is titled: Kimmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy. Translated from Blackfoot, the title means “giving kindness to each other”.

The documentary will open at the Movie Mill here in Lethbridge on November 12th.

It was shot on the Blood Reserve and chronicles the story of radical and profound change within the Kainai Nation. It also draws a connecting line between the impacts of colonialism on Blackfoot land and people and the ongoing substance-abuse crisis.

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The film was shot over a four year period and has won four different awards this year alone.

Lauren Wissot from Filmmaker Magazine calls this documentary “a soaring portrait of tragedy and resilience, but also a handbook for healing that those of us in the privileged classes could learn a lesson or two from.”

The film was distributed by the National Film Board of Canada. It will also be screened in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Toronto, and Victoria with more cities to be announced in the future.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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