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Kímmapiiyipitssini : la voie de l’empathieKímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy

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Saturday, 9 April 2022 | 12:30 La Maison du Cinéma
Thursday, 14 April 2022 | 18:30 La Maison du Cinéma

                                    Poster of Kímmapiiyipitssini : la voie de l’empathie

Competing | Cercle d'or Meilleur documentaire

presented by TV5

Rogers Audience Award for Canadian Feature Documentary – Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto (2021)
Colin Low Award for Best Canadian Director – DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver (2021)
Audience Choice Award – Canadian Documentary Feature – CIFF Calgary International Film Festival, Calgary (2021)

Kímmapiiyipitssini (Blackfoot)
GEE-maa-bee-bit-sin — giving kindness to each other.

Elle–Máijá Tailfeathers’ film witnesses radical and profound change in her community. Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy is an intimate portrait of survival, love and the collective work of healing in the Kainai First Nation in Southern Alberta, a Blackfoot community facing the impacts of substance use and a drug-poisoning epidemic.

Community members active in addiction and recovery, first responders and medical professionals implement harm reduction to save lives. This work is contextualized within the historical and contemporary impacts of settler colonialism; Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy draws a connecting line between the effects of colonial violence on Blackfoot land and people and the ongoing substance-use crisis.

Held in love and hope for the future, Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy asks the audience to be a part of this remarkable change with the community.


Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers










English and Blackfoot, subtitled in French


ONF - Office national du film du Canada
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In the presence of

Serge Rock

The English version of this biography is not available. Please see the French version of the guest's page for more information.

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  • Saturday, 9 April 2022 | 12:30 - La Maison du Cinéma